KOKOMO, Ind.Authorities say a 9-year-old girl was critically injured after being mauled by a pit bull she was letting outside in Kokomo.
Police said in a statement Savannah R. Gragg was transported by ambulance to Howard Regional Health System following the Saturday afternoon dog attack and was transferred by helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
Police said Savannah was undergoing surgery Saturday.
Investigators said Savannah was opening a door at the home to the let the dog outside when the dog jumped on her, knocking her to the floor. The animal bit her around the neck, and shook her violently.
The child's grandmother witnessed the attack. The dog was to be quarantined at a local animal hospital.
Update May 30, 2010 8:59pm - WIBC is reporting that authorities say Savannah remains in serious condition after surgery to repair injuries to her neck and trachea.
Update June 3, 2010 6:46pm - The Republic reports that Savannah Gragg has died from her injuries.