11 Year Old Girl Attacked By Pit Bull

An American pit bull terrier was euthanized last week after the animal reportedly attacked a local 11-year-old girl who was visiting the dog owner’s home.

Lauren Pethel was playing with a litter of puppies in the yard of a Happy Hollow Road residence when the barking dog managed to escape from a nearby front door.

“The pit bull came out of the garage by working the door handle,” said Lumpkin County Sheriff Mark McClure

“The little girl took off and ran and fell,” added Capt. Jason Stover. “And the dog attacked her.”

Lauren received numerous severe bite wounds to her back and legs before the dog owner’s daughter was able to restrain the animal.

“I would call it a mauling,” said McClure.

The Lumpkin County Middle School student was rushed to Chestatee Regional Hospital where she was treated for her wounds.

Following the attack, the dog owner agreed to surrender her pet to Lumpkin County Animal Control.

The animal was then euthanized by way of chemical injection.

On Monday, Lauren’s mother, Charr Sackett said her daughter is still a bit shaken up by the incident, but is doing well.

“She’s doing good and healing good,” she said. “The stitches are not out yet.”

Though Lauren is still on crutches, she has returned to school for a few half-days. Sackett said her daughter has received a warm and helpful welcome from the middle school staff.

“They were a big help to us in making her feel comfortable,” said Sackett.

In the meantime, Lauren is at ease around her family’s gentle golden retriever, but remains understandably jumpy around other dogs.

“I think it will take a while,” said Sackett. “She’s a trooper.”


2 Responses to “11 Year Old Girl Attacked By Pit Bull”

  1. November 17, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    i’m so sorry that will happen i got to be carefull now beacuse i jsut got a
    red nose pitbull…. its only 2 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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