A young girl was hospitalized Wednesday night after being severely attacked by two dogs in Westwood.
It was reported at about 6:15 p.m. in the 2900 block of Aquadale Lane. Police said the 6-year-old lives down the road from where the attack took place. She was outside playing with her brother when the two pit bulls attacked.
Responding officers arrived at the scene when the dogs were still actively attacking the child on the sidewalk. Four officers distracted the dogs and then fired shots, killing both of them. A third dog was recovered from the property on Aquadale Lane and taken by SPCA.
Authorities said they have visited that property before for other issues, but never related to the pit bulls.
According to neighbors, the dogs sometimes get loose and run around the neighborhood, but it's unclear how the dogs got out this time.
"It kind of scares you because I have a daughter and she walks home from school, and you don't know, but we've seen them even walking down the street before, and they just always came back home," said area resident Terrie Martin. "They're not problem dogs but obviously something happened. I know people who have pit bulls that aren't vicious so it just depends on how they're being raised."
Police said the 6-year-old was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital with massive facial injuries. She was listed in critical condition and immediately went into surgery.
Homicide units also showed up as a precaution to investigate the scene, in case the child doesn't recover.
It's currently unclear if the owner of the property and the dogs will face any charges.
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