Pit bull euthanized after biting 7-year-old Darlington County girl

(Family submitted photos)

A pit bull that bit a 7-year-old on Governor Williams Highway in Darlington County has been euthanized, according to Darlington County Animal Shelter Director Jackie Kirven.

The dog was quarantined for 10 days to determine if it showed any signs of rabies.

Officials with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said rabies wasn't suspected in the case.

Kirven said the dog was euthanized because no claimed ownership of the dog and its temperament.

She added the dog wasn't adoptable.

"It's regretful, but when something like that happen, we're very cautious. Because we don't want to send a dog out into the community. And something like that happen again," said Kirven.

The girl's mother said her daughter was outside with a friend when the dog attacked and bit her on the arm and chest.

The mother said the dog apparently got away from its owner's home.

She added the pit bull had chased her daughter before.

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