According to a press release issued by the Gallipolis Police Department, officers were dispatched to 49 Spruce Street at approximately 9:48 p.m. for a canine assault. Patrolman Andrew Holcomb responded to the scene within a minute of receiving the call. He reportedly witnessed the girl being attacked by two pit bull dogs and was forced to shoot both dogs in order to free the girl. Both canines died shortly thereafter.
Gallia County EMS was immediately called to the scene and the girl was transported to the Holzer Medical Center Emergency Room, where she was stabilized. She was later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Columbus for treatment of “several severe injuries,” according to the GPD.
“Patrolman Holcomb’s actions prevented further injury to the girl and most likely saved her life and are to be highly commended,” said GPD Chief Clinton Patterson. “I hate to think what else could have happened if he was not able to stop the dogs.”
The GPD is conducting an investigation into this matter and they say that charges are expected in the near future. No names have been released at this time.
Gallia County sheriff’s deputies also responded to the scene along with Gallia County Animal Control.
Patterson thanked the other agencies involved in this incident for their help.