So­cial Cir­cle tod­dler bit­ten by Rot­tweiler

Dog owner ar­rested and charged

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

A 2-year-old So­cial Cir­cle girl was mauled by a Rot­tweiler and life-flighted for her in­juries Tues­day night, ac­cord­ing to the So­cial Cir­cle De­part­ment of Pub­lic Safety.

The girl wan­dered about 12 feet from her home into the reach of a chained Rot­tweiler be­long­ing to the next-door oc­cu­pant of the du­plex, ac­cord­ing SCDPS Capt. Ron Zara.

Ac­cord­ing to the SCDPS, the dog at­tacked the girl, leav­ing wounds on the back of her ear and top of her head, with one bite pierc­ing the girl’s skull.

The girl’s mother came around the cor­ner of the house to see her daugh­ter’s head in the dog’s mouth, ac­cord­ing to a SCDPS of­fi­cer. She screamed for her hus­band and both par­ents kicked and beat the dog un­til it let go of the girl’s head. As they tried to pull her away, the dog bit the girl’s leg as well.

Of­fi­cers who ar­rived on the scene also hap­pened to be trained emer­gency med­i­cal first re­spon­ders, Zara said.

The girl was con­scious, he said, and be­ing so young, didn’t bleed as much as an adult might have in the same sit­u­a­tion.

The vic­tim was life-flighted to Chil­dren’s Health­care of At­lanta, where her par­ents, mem­bers of the Church at Cov­ing­ton, stayed with her around the clock.

The owner of the dog, Wil­bur Pittman, was not home at the time of the at­tack but turned him­self in af­ter­wards.

He was ar­rested and charged with reck­less con­duct mis­de­meanor, partly be­cause the dog was chained be­yond Pittman’s prop­erty, ac­cord­ing to Zara.

The dog, which Pittman re­port­edly be­gan tak­ing care of af­ter it was left be­hind by a pre­vi­ous oc­cu­pant of the du­plex, is cur­rently un­der quar­an­tine.

The SCDPS is in the process of sub­mit­ting the pa­per­work to have the dog put down.

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