Police: DNA is a match to pit bull identified in brutal attack

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  News Leader 9 has new details on a pit bull attack in Columbus.

It's a case that prompted Columbus investigators to take special steps to find the dog at the center of the mauling police say is one of the worst in the city's history.

This is the first time Columbus Police have done animal DNA testing in an investigation and now, the results are in.

Detectives say they are a match to the pit bull the victim has already identified as the one that attacked her.

Thirteen-year-old Brianna Watkins lost both of her ears and most of her scalp when she was mauled at her Columbus home six months ago.

Afraid she might pass away from her injuries, police found a specialized lab in Texas to help identify the dog that left her mutilated.

As she started recovering, Brianna pointed to a neighbor's pit bull named Debo as the one that mauled her and he's been held captivity.

Investigators confirm the DNA results are a positive match to Debo.

They took hair samples from the shirt that was torn off Brianna's body the night of the attack along with hair plucked from the dog.

Columbus Police have forwarded their findings to the Solicitor General who oversees the state court system in Muscogee County. That is where the pit bull's owner is facing a misdemeanor charge in connection with the attack.

Officials tell WTVM a final decision on the dog's fate has not yet been made.

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