ANCHORAGE - A 6-year-old girl Anchorage girl was mauled by a family pit bull Tuesday afternoon and underwent emergency surgery.
Anchorage police said the dog also attacked a baby sitter who was rescued by a next-door neighbor who shot and wounded the dog with a handgun.
The young girl was in critical condition Tuesday night. Her name was not immediately released. The baby sitter suffered arm and leg wounds.
Police at 2:24 p.m. took a call about the dog attack at a mobile home in the 3300 block of Boniface Parkway on Anchorage's east side.
Police said neighbor Troy Danforth was summoned by the 20-year-old caregiver of two young girls.
Danforth grabbed a handgun and ran to the home.
Danforth told police that the male pit bull, "Dozer," was biting the baby sitter on the arm outside the home as he approached.
He said he could see the girl lying on the floor of the home, apparently lifeless.
Danforth kicked and yelled at the dog and it released the arm of the baby sitter.
Danforth said the dog ran toward him and he fired the handgun.
He said the dog turned, ran a few feet and turned toward him in another attack run, and that he fired three or for times.
The dog was hit at least once in a front leg.
The girl was rushed to a hospital. Police said she had life-threatening injuries to her upper torso and was in critical condition.
The wounded dog was found lying under a snowmobile in a nearby yard and was taken off by Anchorage Animal Control.
Police said the actions by Danforth and another man, Army Specialist 4th Class Kyle Mayeaux, may have stopped additional injuries and saved lives.