A BABY girl was left locked in a car with a suspected dangerous dog to the horror of passers-by who frantically tried to free the child.
People feared the tiny one-year-old was going to be mauled by the pit-bull terrier-type breed.
Armed officers from the Territorial Support Group (TSG) attended the scenes of panic in London Road, Wembley, on Monday last week (November 10) at 1.35pm.
Members of the public were seen desperately trying to rescue the small child from the locked car.
A 26-year-old man was detained by police and brought to Wembley Police Station where he was arrested for neglect of a child.
London Ambulance checked the girl for injuries and the man was bailed to return to Wembley Police Station on December 9.
This year Jaden Joseph Mack was killed after two dogs set upon him while he was being looked after by his grandmother. He was the fourth child to die in such an attack in 30 months and his death renewed calls for a tightening of the law on dangerous dogs.
Two years ago, five-year-old Ellie Lawrenson died after being mauled at her grandmother's house in St Helens, Merseyside.
Brent is known for having a problem with the number of dangerous dogs on its streets.
Earlier this year PC Simon Underwood, who heads up Brent Action For Responsible K9s (BARK), told the Observer that aggressive dogs are the new weapons on the street. They are seen as the legal alternative to guns and knives and are a symbol of power among gangs.
Dog fighting and animal cruelty also increased last year.
The RSPCA says the number of dog attacks has quadrupled in the past two years and the number of youths showing up with dog bites at hospital has nearly doubled. Last year the charity received 183 complaints in London about dog fighting.
Animal charities such as The Mayhew Animal Home, in Kensal Green, have also seen a massive rise in dogs being found with sickening fight injuries.
A spokeswoman from Brent Police urged parents to be more responsible. She said: "Under no circumstances should anyone leave their children alone in the car. If you do you could be endangering their lives. The car could become very hot, children could injure themselves, they could set the car in motion, another vehicle could collide with your car or the car could be broken into or stolen. Never leave a child in a car alone, even for one moment.”