Toddler in serious condition following Rottweiler attack

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A toddler is fighting for her life after being attacked by a Rottweiler in south Columbus.

Friday afternoon a 72 year old woman was leaving Rainbow Foods on Buena Vista Road with her two small grandchildren, ages seven and two. According to police, the woman, who was using a walker to get around, dropped her groceries and stopped at the intersection of Buena Vista Road and Woodburn Drive.

Reports show the two year old saw a dog and ran onto the homeowner's property, opened the gate and that's when the dog attacked her. Police reports show once the little girl opened the gate, "Tank", a German Rottweiler, attacked her -- biting her head and body. That's when the seven year old called for help and the grandmother ran over to the toddler and the dog. But the attack didn't stop. Police say "Tank" repeatedly bit the woman and child. Once officers arrived on the scene, it took two of them tasing the animal to get it to retreat.

The grandmother was treated and released from the Columbus Medical Center, while the two year old was life-flighted to Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta. She remains there and is listed in serious condition.

"Tank" was taken to the Animal Control Center and will be held for at least 10 days while police conduct their investigation.

The dog's owners were not home at the time of the incident and say their pet has never shown aggression before. They were too upset to talk on camera, but say their prayers are with the little girl and her family.

"Tank's" owners tell News Leader 9 no matter what happens, they believe they are going to put the dog down. They say a human life is more valuable than their pet's.

Columbus police say at this time no one is facing charges in the incident.

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