Dog Pulls Girl Off Swing Set; Severely Injures Her
Cullman, AL - Paramedics airlifted a Baileyton child to the hospital Sunday after a large dog seriously injured her at a church playground. Sheriff Tyler Roden said the injuries were very severe and considered life threatening.
Cullman County Sheriff’s reports indicate the 4-year-old child, whose name was not released, was attacked at approximately 4:20 p.m. at Fairview Baptist Church. The dog involved in the attack was a bullmastiff that weighed between 120 and 125 pounds
Roden said approximately 10 children were at the playground when the dog wandered into the area. The dog first approached and bit a 10-year-old girl, who Roden said was the 4-year-old’s sister. The first bite was not severe. After the first bite, however, the animal attacked the 4-year-old, who was playing on a swing set. The dog pulled the child off the swing set and mauled her.
Reports state that after several women at the church discovered what was going on, they tried to free the child by kicking the dog and hitting it with a chain from the swing set. This got the dog away from the child. Multiple emergency personnel answered the call. The child was transported to Cullman Regional Medical Center before she was airlifted to Huntsville.
The dog was located nearby at the owner’s home and was placed in the back seat of a sheriff’s office K-9 patrol car before it was transported to Northside Veterinarian Hospital. Roden said the dog was euthanized this morning (Monday) and taken to Birmingham for testing. No charges against the dog owner have been filed at this time.
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Chicago Police sergeant Antoinette Ursitti says the man was taken to St. Frances Hospital in Blue Island in good condition. She says the pit bull was detained and its owner cited for failure to restrain an animal. Police gave the owner additional citations for failure to restrain an animal and failure to get the proper license and rabies tags for a second pit bull. Both dogs are at animal care and control.
No word on who's going to foot the victim's emergency care bills.