A stray PIT BULL attacked and severely injured a 9-year-old girl in Lancaster Wednesday morning, police said.
Police responded to the report of an animal attack at a home in the 300 block of East Frederick Street at 7:43
Officers were told that when an unidentified person opened the door to leave, an unattended pit bull entered and attacked the girl inside her home.
A family dog intervened and attacked the pit bull, but not before the girl suffered severe head injuries, police said.
An adult in the house was able to separate the dogs. After it was separated from the other dog, the pit bull ran from the house and was last seen heading north on Liberty Street, according to police.
The girl attacked by the dog was rushed to a local hospital, and then was transported to Hershey Medical Center for additional treatment. No information on her condition was immediately available.
Police have not found the pit bull, which is presumed to be on the loose.
The dog is described as a brown pit bull-style dog with a muscular body and white patches on its face, chest and parts of its front legs. Police do no know if it is a male or female.
The child victim suffered severe injuries to the area of the head as a result of the dog bites. After initial assessment and treatment at a local hospital, the child was transported to Hershey Medical Center for additional medical treatment.
Information about the attack was sent to the state Department of Agriculture's Dog Law enforcement office.
Yadira Garcia, a dog law enforcement officer, spoke with residents in the area who have similar dogs. But none matched the description provided by the victim's family.
Anyone with information about the attack, or the whereabouts of the dog, is asked to contact Garcia at 717-735-3453.
If the dog is seen on the loose, do not approach it, police said. Instead, contact the police at 717-664-1180 or dial 911.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through the Lancaster County Crime Watchwebsite.