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Heroic passers-by jumped in to save the day and pull a dog off an 11-year-old girl who was being attacked by the out of control canine whose owner legged it when the beast pounced.
Dramatic pictures show members of the public in a tussle with the dog in East London yesterday, September 28.
One of them was a cab driver who jumped out of his taxi and beat the dog with a bat.
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The early morning attack happened on Johnson Road, Tower Hamlets, yesterday, at around 8.30am.
A video shared on social media shows the girl screaming on the floor, with the dog appearing bite down on her arm.
A passer-by is then seen trying to pull the dog off the child while bystanders look on from afar, shocked by what's happening.
As one person tries to pull the dog away a man can be seen rushing out of his vehicle to help the girl.
He then runs back to what appears to be a taxi and grabs a bat.
Meanwhile, the dog's owner flees the scene.
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The cab driver then hits the dog with the bat until it releases the 11-year-old and she can be pulled to safety.
The girl was rushed to hospital and was treated for a bite on the hand, it is thought that her injuries could be life-changing.
A Met Police spokesman told The Sun: "Police were called at 08:31hrs to Ben Johnson Road, E1 after an 11-year-old girl was attacked by a dog. A member of the public intervened to free the victim. The owner of the dog left the scene prior to police arrival.
"The girl was taken to hospital for treatment to her hand – her condition is not life-threatening but may be life changing. No arrests at this time. Enquiries are ongoing."
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