SHARPSBURG (KDKA) – An 8-year-old Sharpsburg girl is at UPMC Children’s Hospital in serious condition after she was attacked and bitten by a 1-year-old pit bull.

The incident took place Friday night at a home on Main Street in Sharpsburg.

Sharpsburg Police Officer Brian Hoebel told KDKA-TV News at the scene, “It was necessary for the dog’s owner to use a metal bar to pry the dog’s jaws open to release the child.”

Hoebel said doctors told him it was a “gaping wound.”

Hoebel said the child was bleeding when he arrived on the scene, and she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance.

The victim has been at the home before because she has some playmates there, and the child’s mother is friends with the owner of the dog.

Police learned late Friday night that the same dog may have bitten someone last week at the house.

The male dog was taken away by Hoffman’s Animal Control of Delmont and faces quarantine for up to two weeks.

The investigation into the dog attack is continuing to see if the dog had the correct tags and rabies vaccinations.

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