A four-year-old girl is being treated for serious facial injuries after she was bitten by a pit bull-type dog, police said.
The youngster, whose injuries are not thought to be life threatening, was attacked at a neighbour's house in Croxteth, Liverpool.
Officers from Merseyside Police were called to the address in Unicorn Road by paramedics shortly before 3pm yesterday.
A police spokesman said: "Specialist officers from the force's dog section have established that the animal was a pit bull-type breed."
The dog has been destroyed.
Its owner, Peter Shearon, 28, of Unicorn Road, was arrested and charged with possession of a prohibited dog under section one of the Dangerous Dog Act.
He has been bailed to appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on October 20.Reuse content