An eight-year-old girl who lives in Walker County on Lookout Mountain was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries Friday after being attacked by a pit bull. Walker County Animal Control supervisor Curtis Patterson said it is one of the worst pit bull attacks he has seen. 

The attack occurred Friday morning at a residence on Ga. 157 on Lookout Mountain. The young girl had gone looking for her own dog, a small terrier, according to Patterson and Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson.

The girl spotted the terrier in a neighbor’s yard, and just as she entered the yard, the pit bull attacked the terrier. The girl tried to intervene, and that’s when the three-year-old, 45-pound male pit bull turned and attacked the girl, according to Patterson. The owner of the pit bull called 911, according to Wilson.  When deputies and animal control arrived the owner of the pit bull had already shot and killed the aggressive animal. 

The girl sustained severe bites to both arms and her right shoulder. She was flown by Life Force from the scene to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital and was rushed into surgery.
She was in “life threatening condition” according to the Chattanooga hospital.

Walker County officials say that they have problems almost every day with pit bulls in Walker County.

Walker County Messenger / Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson