Dog that attacked girl in New Athens was trained police dog

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 3:42 PM

NEW ATHENS, Ill. -- An 8-year-old girl is recovering from bite wounds suffered when she was attacked by two German shepherds belonging to her town’s former police chief.

The girl was treated at a Belleville hospital after the dog attack this week in New Athens.

Authorities say the girl and a friend were walking when Dallas Hill’s dogs approached, sniffed them and suddenly attacked. A neighbor came to the girl’s rescue with a baseball bat.

The girl suffered bite marks on her leg, back and chest.

Investigators say one of the dogs is a trained police dog, although neither dog works for New Athens police.

Hill was issued a citation for violating St. Clair County ordinance and given a court date.

Hill doesn’t have a listed home telephone number and couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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