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.