Child suffers substantial injuries from pit bull attack

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Police were called to a residence on Laurel Ave. just before 6 p.m. on Friday for reports of a pit bull attack.

A 10-year-old girl suffered substantial injuries from the attack, especially to the facial area. The injuries are not life-threatening, but the girl was taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for surgery.

"In 20 years of law enforcement, I've seen lots of stuff. This one was rather difficult to see her in the hospital. I haven't seen anything quite like that in my career," said Lieutenant Jake Ritonya.

Police said the pit bull was still trying to attack the girl as they were carrying her out of the home. The fire department had a catch pole they used to detain the dog.

The pit bull was family-owned and two years old. The family said they believe the dog was going through heat and became aggressive.

Other children, siblings of the girl attacked, were home at the time and notified a neighbor of the attack.

There were also two other pit bulls in the home, but the police do not believe they were involved.

The dog was taken by the Nebraska Humane Society.