(WITN) - A three year old child has been released from Vidant Medical Center after being bitten by a PIT BULL.
Greenville police said it happened Tuesday night around 6:45 pm on Cadillac Street. The child's great-grandmother says it happened outside her home.
The dog was in a fenced in backyard at 303 Cadillac Street and pushed his way out of the gate, according to GPD spokeswoman Kristen Hunter.
Hunter says the gate was only secured by a cement block and that the dog made its way to the neighbor's front yard where it ended up biting the child's leg. The police spokeswoman says the child had a "pretty significant" injury.
The owner of the dog, Tobisha Willoughby, was charged with a leash law violation, as well as given a rabies vaccination notice.
The dog will be quarantined for at least 10 days because Willoughby couldn't produce any vaccination records. Because of the severity of the injury, Hunter says it is possible the animal will be quarantined for more than the 10 day period.
Hunter says the owner can surrender the animal to them. If she doesn't, then a hearing will be held to determine what happens.
Bertha Mooring, the child's great-grandmother, says his mother was in the process of leaving with her children when the dog attacked him. A 17-year-old cousin was outside with the three-year-old at the time.
Mooring says it took four people to pull the child away from the dog.
The toddler was released from the hospital today after undergoing surgery. He was sleeping when WITN's Elisse Ramey interviewed the great-grandmother and cousin this afternoon