On Friday, Environmental Health officials advised Griffin Police Department investigators that the animal involved in the attack of 5-year-old Lilly Goodson tested negative for rabies.
“Lilly continues her recovery at Egleston Hospital of Children’s Health Care of Atlanta,” said Griffin Police Capt. Dwayne Jones.
Goodson, was severely injured by an attack from the family’s pit bull and sustained severe facial injuries and remains under the care of Children’s Health Care of Atlanta in the Pediatric Critical Care Unit, where she is listed in critical condition.
Police said Goodson was attacked by the family dog while she was inside the fenced-in area of the family residence with the dog, Jones said.
“There’s no prior history at that address with that dog,” he said, “so we had no previous indication of a problem.”
Jones said earlier this week police are not anticipating any changes against the family.
Griffin Police responded about 2:41 p.m., Wednesday to 1316 Ruth St., to a report of a dog actively attacking a child. Cpl. Stan Phillips arrived on the scene and observed a pit bull dog attacking the child and an adult who was attempting to pull the animal from the child.
Phillips was forced to shoot and kill the dog to prevent further injuries to the child and adult, later identified as her grandmother, police said. The child’s injuries were inflicted by the dog and she was not injured by the officer’s actions, police said.
Air Life of Georgia based at the Griffin Spalding Airport was called in and a landing zone was established in the Spalding Village Shopping Center nearby to transport the child to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The grandmother was treated by EMS at the scene.
The pit bull’s body was transported to the Spalding County Animal shelter for the rabies testing. Two other dogs on site, another pit bull and boxer puppy, were removed to the Spalding County Animal Shelter.