Authorities credited the quick thinking of a 10-year-old boy, who saw the attack and tried to get the animal off her. Sgt. Dave Myers said the boy first tried to punch the dog, then went into the house, grabbed a knife and started stabbing it.
When that didnt work, the boy yelled for help, catching the attention of a neighbor who was able to loosen the dogs grip on the girl by hitting it with a chair, Sgt. Myers said.
The little boy really stayed with the whole incident and never quit until he got the dog off, he said.
Sgt. Myers would not identify the children. He said the girl was admitted to the hospital with injuries to her neck, cheek and chin area but is doing fine now.
We dont know what provoked the attack, he said. It was a young family pet from what we understand.
He said the dog was turned over to Aiken County Animal Control.
The girl, who was playing in the back yard of an Ashley Circle home, and the boy were alone at the time while the adult watching them was on a quick trip to the store to get medicine for the girl.
Any charges would be pending an investigation, which is normal procedure when an incident happens and children are alone, Sgt. Myers said.