Girl mauled by 140-pound dog

November 10, 2017 GMT

MICHIGAN CITY — A 12-year-old girl was injured Friday when she was mauled by a 140-pound dog, according to Michigan City police.

Due the to the nature and severity of the wounds, the young girl was immediately flown to Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis

"Our thoughts and prayers will be with the young victim in hopes that she survives this horrible dog attack," a press release from MCPD read.

At about 7:40 a.m., Officer Scott Combs was dispatched to the Dunewood Trailer Park on Ind. 212 in reference to a dog attack.

Upon arrival, Combs noted a chaotic scene where neighbors were attempting to remove the dog — a Bull Mastiff weighing about 140 pounds — from the girl. The child was able to break free and run into the trailer, but the dog pursued the child and continued the attack.

Combs grabbed the large animal and was able to wrestle it to the ground and free the child. He was then able to get the dog locked into an adjoining room, turning his attention to the victim. Combs, who is also a certified EMT, "performed exceptionally and with his paramedic skills more than likely saved this young child," according to the MCPD release.

Animal Control Officer Jason Speakman was called to immediately impound the animal, where it is being held in quarantine. The name of the dog’s owner is being withheld at this time pending the investigation.

—From staff reports