On July 16, two children suffered personal injuries when they were attacked by a pit bull that had gotten out of a kennel.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m., a Moultrie, Georgia police officer was called to a home regarding a dog bite. The officer met with resident Shirley Ward, who said the dog had gotten out of a kennel on her property and attacked a 3-year-old girl and an 8-year-old girl.

According to Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society Director Don Flowers, the 3-year-old received transport to Colquitt Regional Medical Center where she had to undergo a surgical procedure. He said she suffered bites to the leg, armpit area, and face, which caused injury to her eyelid. The older girl suffered scratches, but it is not known if she was bitten.

Flowers said the dog was taken to the Humane Society, where it was euthanized the next day. Its head was sent for rabies testing as the most recent rabies vaccination had expired and there was no proof of current shots.

Flowers said the door to the kennel appeared to have been knocked off of its hinges. He believed the door and kennel were not secured and the damage likely happened when the dog escaped.

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