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Man admits charges over dog attack that left two-year-old girl badly injured

Toddler and her aunt were hurt during the incident in Toxteth, Liverpool.

A man has pleaded guilty to being in charge of four dangerously out of control dogs after an attack which left a two-year-old girl with serious injuries to her head and body.

The toddler and her aunt, 57, were hurt during the incident in the garden of a house in Toxteth, Liverpool, on Sunday afternoon.

Andrew McGowan, 35, of Cockburn Street, Toxteth, admitted the charge when he appeared at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates’ Court.

He was conditionally bailed and is to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on June 6.

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Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool where the toddler is being treated (Peter Byrne/PA)

The girl was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken by air ambulance to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Her condition is described as serious, but not life-threatening.

The aunt was taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where she received treatment for minor injuries.

She was later released from hospital.

Police later seized five dogs and six puppies from a neighbouring property and confirmed the breed was an American Bully Dog – which is not banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Two of the five adult dogs were humanely destroyed.

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