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Pit bull-type dog, involved in attack, was banned breed

The local community was shocked by the attack Credit: ITV

A dog which seriously injured a young girl in Chatham was found to be a pit bull type - a banned breed under dangerous dog legislation.

The animal was shot dead at the scene by armed Kent Police officers to ensure the safety of the public.

The child remains in a London hospital with very serious injuries.

Earlier this week officers investigating the incident, which took place in the Jenkins Dale area, arrested a man, a woman and a teenager, all from Chatham, on suspicion of offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

The man and woman have since been bailed, pending further enquiries, until Wednesday 26 April 2017. The teenager has been released under investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information is asked to call Kent Police on 01634 792209, quoting reference 04-1003.

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Parents of toddler issue statement after dog attack

The parents of a young girl, attacked by a dog at Chatham in Kent, have issued a statement:

We would like to thank all the emergency services and others who helped our daughter by giving first aid at the scene.

We are also grateful for the continued support of the hospital where she is being treated. The incident has ruined our lives and the lives of our two children.

We ask that people now respect our privacy and give us time to focus on the wellbeing of our family.

– Parents of young girl

Child still in hospital after Kent dog attack

The attack happened in the Jenkins Dale area Credit: ITV

A young girl, bitten by a dog in Chatham, remains in hospital with serious injuries.

Kent Police were called at 5.26pm on Tuesday to an incident in the Jenkins Dale area of the town.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Service also attended and the injured child, of toddler age, was taken to a London hospital in a critical condition.

The child continues to be treated for very serious injuries, but these are no longer described as life threatening.

Following the incident, police, including firearms officers, attended the scene and to ensure public safety the dog was shot dead.

A man and a teenager, both from Chatham, were arrested on the evening of 4 April on suspicion of offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

On the evening of 5 April, the man was bailed pending further enquiries, until Wednesday 26 April 2017. The teenager was released, pending further enquiries.

On Wednesday 5 April, a woman from Chatham was also arrested in connection with the incident and she has also been released, pending further enquiries.

Dog attack: Mother says animal also tried to bite her child

A little girl has been seriously injured, after she was attacked by what onlookers called a "pitbull-style" dog in the Medway Towns.

The incident happened just over 24 hours ago at Jenkins Dale, just off the A2,in the centre of Chatham. She was airlifted to hospital in London where her condition was for some time reported as 'critical'.

Neighbours described the attack - in a children's playground - as horrifying. One mother, speaking to ITV Meridian, said the same dog had tried to bite her child only days earlier.

John Ryall's report contains a picture of the dog after it was shot by police.

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Young girl remains in serious condition after dog attack

The girl was attacked in the Jenkins Dale area of Chatham Credit: Google Images

A young girl, bitten by a dog in Chatham, remains in a London hospital in a serious condition.

Kent Police were called at 5.26pm on Tuesday 4 April to an incident in the Jenkins Dale area of the town. The toddler had suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance crews to a London hospital.

Police, including firearms officers, attended the scene, and to ensure public safety, the dog was shot dead. A man and a teenager were arrested in connection with the incident and remain in custody. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the breed of the dog.

Kent Police are continuing to appeal to members of the public who may have footage of the incident to contact 101 and not upload it onto social media.

BREAKING: Child critically injured in Kent after dog attack

A child is in a critical condition in hospital after being bitten by a dog in the Jenkins Dale area of Chatham.

Police were called after the alarm was at 5.26pm and the dog was shot dead by firearms officers.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Service also attended and the injured child has been taken to a London hospital in a critical condition.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident and they have been taken into custody while enquiries into the incident continue.

Members of the public who may have footage of the incident are asked to contact Kent Police.

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