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Pit bull attack injures woman, 6-year-old girl in Bristol

Staff report • Jun 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Bristol, Va., police are investigating what was reported as a “vicious” dog attack that occurred around 2 p.m. Friday at Moore Street Park, which is located at the corner of Moore Street and Edmond Street. Two people were severely injured during the attack.

Investigation has revealed that Lisa Manis, 601 Mary St. No. 152, Bristol, Va., and her 6-year-old daughter had gone to 601 Mary St. No. 135, where the resident was keeping a male pit bull for the owners, Adam Geiger and Stephanie Worley of Bristol, Tenn.

Manis, 36, reportedly asked to take the dog for a walk. Apparently, Manis and her daughter took the dog to the park.

While the child was playing on a swingset, the dog reportedly attacked her, grabbing and causing puncture wounds to her leg. Manis started trying to get the dog off the girl, who ran for help as the dog turned on Manis.

The pit bull kept on biting and tearing at Manis until it was finally warded off by another subject who began striking the dog with an umbrella.

The dog was captured and was taken into custody by Animal Control Officer Deena Bouton.

Manis and her daughter were transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

The dog’s owners were contacted and, while being interviewed, gave consent to have the animal euthanized immediately.

It was also revealed that the dog had recently bitten another child in Sullivan County.

No charges have been filed, and the investigation continues.

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