The Pender County Sheriff's Office said that a 4-year-old girl suffered personal injuries when she was mauled by a dog on April 25.
The girl, whose identity was not immediately made available, was visiting family at a residence on Piney Woods Drive near Burgaw when the incident occurred. Police said the child wandered into the backyard, where the animal was tied up with a chain.
The girl received air transport to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. An update on her condition was not immediately made available.
The dog, which officials said was a pit bull, was seized by Pender County Animal Control.