EMMET – An attack by a Pit Bull upon a child is being investigated by the Hempstead County Sheriff's Department.
According to a statement by Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, a small child was bitten by a pit bull near Emmet on Sunday afternoon.
On December 16, at approximately 4:50 p.m., Deputy Freddie Parks was dispatched to 372 Hwy. 299, in reference to a dog bite, Singleton said.
Dispatch advised that a young child had been bitten by a dog and that emergency medical service personnel were enroute. While enroute to the location, Deputy Parks was advised that the child's mother would transport the child to Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope by personal vehicle, Singleton said.
Upon arrival at the hospital, Deputy Parks spoke with the child's mother, who stated that her five-year-old daughter had been playing outside in the yard when her grandmother heard her scream. She said they went outside and were told by the the little girl that a dog had attacked her.
The mother told Deputy Parks that the five-year-old's grandfather shot and killed the dog, described as a black Pit Bull. The mother told Parks that the dog had been seen near their residence for several days and had not displayed an aggressive nature prior to the incident. Singleton said Deputy Parks observed bite marks on the five-year-old's head.
Singleton said the little girl was treated and released from the hospital. The mother was advised to take the dog to a veterinarian of her choice to be checked for any disease. Singleton said the owner of the dog was not known.