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Young girl injured in Lebanon dog attack

10:22 AM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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LEBANON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State police said a dog attack in Lebanon Saturday afternoon left a 12-year-old girl with multiple dog bites.

Police said the incident took place at a home on River Road in Lebanon belonging to the girl's mother and her fiance, Catherine Sargent and Rory Downs.  

The injured girl is being treated at Frisbie Hospital in Rochester, NH, and suffered several bites to her legs and shoulder. 

Police said two pit bulls belonging to the family jumped an enclosed area in the back yard and attacked three girls who were playing nearby at the family home.  

A man who was visiting a neighbor nearby heard the girl's screams and ran to help them. He was also bitten in the attack, and was treated at the scene but did not require transportation to the hospital.  The man has been identified as 41-year-old Adam Horr from Dover, NH.  

Authorities said Horr was able to get the animals off the girls by kicking and hitting them with a broom.

Officials said the two other girls involved in the attack sustained cuts and bruises, but were not bitten.

Police said the girls climbed onto a pickup truck in the yard to escape the animals.  

The Maine Warden Service transported the two pit bulls to a Kennebunk shelter.  Police said the dogs' shots were not up to date, and the dogs have been quarantined.

Officials said the pit bulls belong to Downs, and have been raised in the family since they were young puppies.  They had not shown aggressive behavior in the past.

Two other dogs were also home at the time, and they were not involved in the attack.

State police said they will consult with the district attorney's office on possible charges in the dog attack.

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