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Columbus child attacked by dog

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Officials in Columbus are looking for a pit bull they say mauled a 12 year old girl, who lived with her grandparents on Celia Drive.

Reports indicate she was outside her home just before 1:00 Wednesday morning when she was attacked.

Drale Short is the Chief of Special Enforcement for the Columbus Department of Special Services.

"The child that was bitten was in her own back yard which has six foot high fencing around it, so the animal jumped the fence to get into her back yard," Short said.

Following the attack, the girl's grandparents took her to the emergency room at St. Francis where she was later transferred to Egleston's Children's Hospital in Atlanta.

She remains in critical condition as of Thursday afternoon, suffering from severe head and neck injuries.

Columbus investigators tell News Leader Nine the child lost both ears in the attack and her face was also disfigured.

"In the time I've been here, I have yet to see something this severe, this vicious of an attack on a person," Short said.

Following the attack, animal control detained a dog thought to be the culprit.

Thursday afternoon, the victim's grandmother, who saw the dog after the incident, told animal control it was not.

The search continues for a smokey gray pit bull, short in height and broad through the chest.

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