Pit bull attacks 7-year-old girl

Photo of the home where the attack took place courteesy WLFI-TV

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A dog attack in Lafayette landed a 7-year-old girl in the hospital Monday afternoon.

Police said the attack happened as the victim and her mother were visiting a house on the 1500 block of South 18th Street around 1:15 p.m.

The girl was taken to Franciscan Saint Elizabeth East Hospital with multiple bite wounds, but was expected to be released Monday evening.

Police said the owner of the pit bull had moved out of state recently and had temporarily left the dog with a former roommate.

Neighbor Lois Joyce told News 18 she heard the little girl scream for help. She said when she got closer, the dog seemed to come toward her but was diverted by police. She said the dog was not easily subdued.

“After they tased him, he was really fighting that. They got down and they bound him,” said Joyce.

Police said as they arrived to help the girl, the pit bull came out of the house and attacked them. Officers and firefighters were able to confine and control the dog until Animal Control arrived.

The pit bull has been taken to Almost Home Humane Society on a 10-day quarantine order. The final disposition for the dog has not been determined.

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