The Boston Herald reports that according to Falmouth, Massachusetts police the child was playing in the kitchen Sunday morning when the family pit-bull terrier attacked her, biting her in the face causing major trauma.
The father tried to pull the dog off but couldn’t.
Police said the father got a pistol from a nearby room, but realized it wasn’t loaded.
He then grabbed a knife and started stabbing the dog, which was fatally injured.
Police and medical personnel were called to the home at 8:54 a.m. The child was flown to a Boston hospital.
Police said the family had the dog for five years and it had no known history of aggression.
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