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Apr 1, 2010 4:05 PM by Letitia Walker

Pitt Bull Killed by Police After Attack

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 5-year-old girl was hospitalized after she was attacked by a pit bull while playing basketball.

      WWL-TV reported Thursday that paramedics had to rush the girl to the hospital after she was attacked Wednesday by the dog.

      According to a report released by the LA/SPCA, three dogs charged a group of children playing basketball, but two of the dogs scattered while the third dog, a pit bull, chased the little girl.

      The SPCA says police officers were able to stop the attack and lure the dog away from the child. The dog was then shot. 

      Officials have not been able to identify the owner of the dog, though it was healthy and wore a collar, suggesting that the dog was not a stray animal.

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