6-year-old in critical condition after being attacked by a pit bull mix
A six-year-old girl was placed in a life-threatening situation after a pit bull mix bit her.
On July 15, 2018, at around ten in the morning, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to an incident in Arlington which was alleged to be a dog attack.
It was reported that the victim was hospitalized with critical injuries. She was bitten on the neck at her home in Herrick Drive.
A neighbor named Timothy Hightower told News4JAX that he heard someone screaming at the time of the attack.
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He said, "I’m hearing somebody saying, 'Help me, help me.’”
Hightower was standing outside when his neighbor rushed out of her home saying her dog had bitten a child. She told Hightower to call paramedics.
"She ran out of the house and secured the baby and came laying the baby right here and told us to call the paramedics," said Hightower.
6-year-old girl attacked by dog in Arlington homehttps://t.co/MPmM00RLKo— Shaunee Jones (@MZSHAUNEE) July 16, 2018
JSO says a 6-year-old who was attacked by a dog has life threatening injuries. They tell us the little girl was unresponsive when JFRD transported her to the hospital. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/xJAxCKoMqC— Beth Rousseau (@WFLABeth) July 16, 2018
The Jacksonville Fire-Rescue affirmed they had transported the victim to the hospital. Hightower shared that the girl was unconscious at the time.
In the afternoon of the same day, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office declared that the child had been put in a critical condition and that investigations were being led by homicide detectives.
As revealed by the Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, the dog was not a pet of the family and was only being watched by the homeowners. Reportedly, the pit bull mixed breed’s owner was away for vacation.
At the time of the attack, more than one dog was inside the house. There were other children at home as well, together with a parent.
After the incident, the dog had been taken away from the house and was brought to the animal shelter. The Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services assumed responsibility for having the dog removed from the home.