Beaufort News

10-year-old girl injured by pit bull

A 10-year old Hilton Head Island girl was bitten in the face by a pit bull mix Sunday, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office incident report.

The girl was talking with friends underneath a streetlight on Tabby Trail near her home when she saw the dog walking with its owner and the owner's son, according to the report.

The girl walked up to the group and threw up her arms in a gesture to hug the dog when it lunged at her and bit her face.

The dog tore a 2-inch-by-3-inch section of skin under the girl's jaw, according to the report. The injury was not life threatening, according to a doctor.

The owner was distraught and told the deputy she has never had problems with the dog, according to the report.

A representative with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control was contacted. The department called the incident an accident.

The dog was inoculated this year and will be quarantined for 10 days, according to the sheriff's office.

No further information was available.