A pit bull has been placed in quarantine and its owner cited for harboring a vicious animal following an incident Friday afternoon in Williamsburg.
About 12:45 p.m., Williamsburg police responded to a residence at 265 Rice Street in reference to a report about 12-year-old girl being bitten by a dog, said Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird.
“According to witnesses the child was playing outside when she was attacked by the neighbor’s pit bull that was running at large,” Bird wrote.
“The child was playing. Out of nowhere the child got attacked by the neighbor’s pit bull.”
The girl suffered severe lacerations to her leg. Whitley County EMS transported her to Jellico Community Hospital for treatment.
“The call when we got it was the pit bull was still at large. By the time we got there, the owner had put it up,” Bird said.
He said the dog bite was severe enough that you could see the calf muscle, but authorities expect the girl to recover.
“Just luckily there were some other people out there who were able to get her away from dog before the dog did more damage than it did,” Bird said.