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Jun 20, 2014 6:46 PM

Dog Attacks Girl In Whitley County

A 12-year-old girl was sent to the hospital after a free running dog attacked her, Williamsburg Police said.

Williamsburg Police Wayne Bird said the pit bull bit the girl on her leg. Officers responded to Rice Street before 1 p.m., Bird said.

Paige Collett, a friend of the victim, said the two were playing tag when the pit bull got out of its leash and attacked.

"I was trying to push it away but I was kind of scared," said Collett, who added that she told her friend to punch the dog in the face.

It took more than that to get the dog away, however.

Collett said another kid came over and kicked the dog and told it to "get".

The dog's owner, Amanda Walker, was cited for harboring a vicious animal and the dog was quarantined.

Walker had recently received the dog from someone else and could not provide proof of any vaccinations, Chief Bird said.

"If your dog bites someone you're ultimately responsible for any medical bills and you're responsible for any damage that the dog causes," said Chief Bird.

Neighbors tell LEX 18 the dog had not caused any problems before but it did have a history of getting out of its leash.

"She held out tough," said Cody Smith who wrapped the girl's leg to stop the bleeding. "She was more shocked and afraid than really hurting. She kept asking if she would be alright. I told her she was going to be fine."

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