Update: 9-year-old’s ear and part of scalp bit off by stray dog in Lancaster

LANCASTER, Pa. - A Lancaster City child is hospitalized with severe head injuries after she was attacked by a stray pit bull type dog inside her family's home. City police responded at 7:43 a.m. Wednesday to the home on the 300 block of East Frederick Street.

After initial treatment at a local hospital, Alana Rivera,9, was transported to Hershey Medical Center. Her family says she is alert and is expected to be okay. Doctors were able to surgically put her ear back on. Her scalp may have permanent damage. She will have to have more surgeries.Alana Rivera

Officers were told that when one of the occupants opened the door to leave an unknown, unattended pit bull type dog entered the home. The dog attacked the Rivera. Officers were told that the family dog then attacked the stray dog and that an adult present at the home was able to eventually intervene and pull the stray dog off of the victim. The stray dog then ran from the scene and was last seen running north toward Liberty Street.

The dog was described as a pit bull type of dog, muscular body type, unknown if male or female, brown in color with white on the area of the face, chest and part of the front legs. The dog has not been located and is presumed to be at large.

The information about the attack was forwarded to  the Bureau's Dog Law Enforcement, Yadira Garcia. She conducted multiple follow-ups at residences in the area that had dogs that were similar in description, that reside in the same area where the attack occurred. None of the dogs inspected by DLE Garcia matched the description provided by the victim's family. The dog and the owner have not been found or identified.

Any with information on the incident or the whereabouts of the dog and/or owner of the dog, please contact DLE Garcia at (717) 735-3453.

If  the dog is seen loose on the street, do not approach it. Please contact Police at (717) 664-1180 or 911 for emergencies.