Girl, 2, seriously injured in Elderton dog attack
October 14, 2013 11:00 AM

ELDERTON — State police at Kittanning said a 2-year-old girl was seriously injured Sunday when she was attacked by a dog in a residence at 11324 Route 422, Elderton.

Police said the girl was temporarily living with her parents at the residence of the owner of a pit bull, and the child and dog were familiar with each other.

At about 4 p.m. Sunday the girl tried to cross over a child gate and climbed onto the dog, causing the dog to attack her, police said.

The pit bull grabbed the girl’s left arm, causing what police described as major injuries. The dog would not let go of the girl until the dog’s owner forcibly removed the dog from the child.

The girl was flown to Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, and was in stable condition, according to police. She was expected to have surgery to repair the bite wounds.

The owner of the pit bull had the dog destroyed because of the attack.

Police said their preliminary investigation indicates no criminal charges will be filed at this time against the dog’s owner, but an investigation is continuing.

Police did not identify the child or the dog’s owner.

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