3-year-old girl attacked by pitbull

PORT ROYAL, SC (WTOC) – A 3-year-old girl was attacked by a pitbull, according to Port Royal police.

Officer Chris Abell was called to on Wednesday to Wayside Lane on a report of a pitbull attacking a young girl. When he arrived, the dog had the child by the head, according to police.

The babysitter tried to pull the child away from the dog. The officer began to kick the dog until it released the child.  The dog disengaged and tried to attack the child again, according to police.

Police said the officer continued to fight off the dog's attack, but had no other choice but to shoot and kill the dog.

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