Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 7, 2013

Girl bitten by pit bull

Child’s injuries not thought to be life-threatening after incident

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A four-year-old girl was bitten by a pit bull at a residence between Athens and Eustace Monday, and transported by Care Flight to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

The child, whose name has not been released, received a single bite to the face. She was set to be released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon, a family member said.

Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt said the girl was bitten inside a family member’s home where she was being cared for by a babysitter. The  dog lived with the family at the residence.  According to Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports, the 9-1-1 call was placed at about 1:15 p.m. reporting that the child had been injured. Animal Control Dep. Eric Ward responded to the residence in the 8500 block of Richardson Road, along with Deputy Kevin Adair.

East Texas Medical Center EMS arrived and transported the girl to a location where the helicopter could land and take her to Dallas.

After the girl was bitten, a bystander shot and killed the dog, Nutt said.

The dog’s remains were taken to Dr. Darrell Kinnard’s veterinary clinic to be tested for rabies. Nutt said he believes the dog had previously been vaccinated  for rabies.

Adair is continuing the ongoing investigation for the sheriff’s office.

Nutt, HCSO Investigator Kendell Wellman and the Eustace Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.