8-Year-old girl seriously injured in pit bull attack

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PRESCOTT VALLEY - A young Dewey girl was seriously wounded by a family member's Pit Bull last week.

The Pit Bull mix named "Knuckles" attacked the eight-year-old when she was visiting a grandparent in the Orchard Ranch RV Park in Prescott Valley.

The little girl was playing in the residence when the dog apparently ran to the child and bit her on the face.

Family members were able to get the dog to release with a verbal command, but the child was already serious injured.

According to Prescott Valley police the attack appeared to be unprovoked.

The child was eventually airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix with severe facial wounds.

The family indicated the dog had played with the children in the past and has not displayed aggressive behavior.

The dog will likely be euthanized.