The incident occurred around 10 a.m. on Dixon Road, just a few miles south of Runnelstown near Highway 29.
“The pit bull was attacking the daughter, the mom saw it and she came out to get the dog off of the child and the dog turned on her and began attacking her,” said Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles.
Nobles said when deputies arrived on scene to help the victims; they had no choice but to put the dog down.
“When the deputies got out, one of the officers was holding the child and the dog was just too aggressive, it kept trying to attack even as they were trying to render aid, so they had no choice but to put the dog down,” said Nobles.
The mother was taken by air ambulance, Rescue 7, and the daughter was transported by ground ambulance to Forrest General Hospital to be treated for their injuries.
“The mother was hurt pretty bad, it’s just a sad situation all the way around,” said Nobles.
According to Nobles, the dog belonged to the mother’s boyfriend, and had been a family pet for around four years.
“The dog will be sent off for proper testing at the State Health Department, and the incident is still under investigation,” said Nobles.
Both the mother and daughter's names are not being released at this time, and are both listed in stable condition at Forrest General.