Girl badly injured in Michigan City dog attack

Published: Nov. 10, 2017 at 2:09 PM EST
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A 12-year-old girl was airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital after she was attacked by a dog in Michigan City.

It happened Friday morning at the Dunewood Trailer Park located on U.S. Highway 212.

When Officer Scott Combs arrived, he found neighbors trying to beat away the bullmastiff, which was estimated to weigh about 140 pounds.

At one point, the girl was able to get away and run into a trailer, but the dog followed her and continued the attack, according to police.

Combs was able to wrestle the dog off the girl and lock it into a room.

Due to the nature and severity of the girl's wounds, she was immediately flown to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

The dog is being held under quarantine.

From the Michigan City Police Department:
On November 10, 2017, at approximately 7:40am, Officer Scott Combs was dispatched to the Dunewood Trailer Park located on U.S. Highway 212 in reference to a dog attack. Upon arrival Officer Combs observed a very chaotic scene where neighbors were attempting to beat off what was described as an approximate 140 pound Bull Mastiff dog attacking a 12 year old female. The child was able to break free and ran into the trailer where the dog ended up pursuing the youngster and continued the attack. Officer Combs without hesitation, grabbed the large animal and was able to wrestle it to the ground and free the child. Combs was then able to get the dog locked into an adjoining room as he then attended the victim. Officer Combs who is also a certified EMT, performed exceptionally and with his paramedic skills more than likely saved this young child. Due to the nature and severity of the wounds, the young girl was immediately flown out to Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Animal Control Officer Jason Speakman, was called to immediately impound the animal where it is now held under Quarantine. The owner of the dog is being withheld at this time pending the investigation. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the young victim in hopes that she survives this horrible dog attack.