A 3-year-old child was attacked by TWO PIT BULLS on Sunday while she was walking with her older sister and a friend on Azalea Drive. According to the Niceville Police Department, the three girls had taken the two dogs for a walk and were returning to the dogs’ owner’s residence when the dogs began fighting with each other.
The victim reportedly walked in front of the dogs, who
then stopped fighting each other and turned their attention to the
child. Witnesses told the police the two other
girls were screaming and trying to get the dogs off of the victim while
the pit bulls were attacking her.
Neighbors Hannah and Chris Merrell
heard the screaming and ran to assist. Hannah pulled the little girl
away from the dogs while Chris tried to get the dogs away, the police
report said. While Hannah was running back with the victim to her house, one of the dogs chased her and bit her on the back, the report said. The
dog’s owner, Joseph Jordan, told police he did not hear the girls
screaming, and only went outside because his other dog was barking.
Police contacted the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, who removed the
dogs from the residence, the report said. The
victim was stabilized at Twin Cities Hospital and then taken by
helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, according to the
report. While the child’s status was not available at press time, police
say bite and scratch wounds covered her from head to toe.