UPDATE: Girl Bitten by a Pit Bull in Kanawha County

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UPDATE 7/30/15 @ 7:17 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A pit bull--whose bite sent an 8-year-old girl to the hospital--is being quarantined at the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association.

Humane officials say the girl's injuries were minor. The dog will be held for at least ten days, before undergoing a behavior test to determine whether it is safe to release back to its family, or if it will have to be put down.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say the dog attacked the little girl Wednesday at about 9:30 p.m.

Neighbors on Stonehill Drive say the pit bull has only been around for about a week.

Sheriff's Deputies say the dog bit the girl on the arm. When the dog's owner came in and tried to restrain the dog, he was bitten on the arm as well.

According to Deputies, the girl had to hide in a closet to get away from the dog during the attack.

According to the humane officers, this dog had no history of violence before this incident, making the attack even more frightening.

"The unpredictability is really the scariest part," Humane Association Executive Director Chelsea Staley said. "We will certainly evaluate this animal before we would ever consider releasing it to the public."

Humane officials also said the young victim is the cousin of the dog's owner. She was at the home for a family visit. They do not expect charges to be filed.

The dog's owner was not available to comment.

ORIGINAL STORY 7/30/15 @ 7:15 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An 8-year-old girl was bitten Wednesday night by a pit bull in the Cabin Creek area, Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say.

The dog's owner also was bitten as he tried to restrain the dog. He was bitten on the arm.

It was unknown where the girl was bitten. She was visiting the home at the time and is the cousin of someone who lives there. The home is located along Stonehill Drive.

The incident happened about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies say the victim hid in the closet for some time to get away from the dog. Deputies and a humane officer remained at the scene late Wednesday night.

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