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Pit bull attacks mother, 6-year-old girl in Bristol park

Posted: Updated: June 14, 2013 10:38 PM EDT

Update at 1:20 p.m.

Lisa Manis's condition listed as "good."



Update at 10:20 pm

A pit bull attacked a mother and her child as they took it for a walk in a Bristol, Virginia park, police confirmed Friday night.  And police said it's not the first time the animal has bitten a child.

The attack happened at Moore Street Park about 2:00 p.m. Friday.

Police said Lisa Manis asked to take the dog for a walk with her 6-year-old daughter.  But according to a news release, the dog attacked the girl while she was on a park swingset.  When Lisa Manis tried to help her daughter, the dog attacked her and continued biting until a passerby hit the animal with an umbrella.

Police said the owners told them the dog had recently bitten a child in Sullivan County.  They've consented to its euthanization, police said.

A hospital spokesman said Lisa Manis was in good condition Friday night.  Her daughter's medical condition information was not available.

Here's the full news release:


"Bristol, Virginia police are investigating what was reported as a "vicious" dog attack which occurred around 2:00 p.m. today at Moore Street Park, which is located at the corner of Moore Street and Edmond Street. Two people were severely injured during the attack.

Investigation has revealed that 36-year-old Lisa Manis of Bristol, Virginia, and her 6-year-old daughter had gone to (a neighboring apartment) where the resident was keeping a male pit bull dog for the owners (Adam Geiger and Stephanie Worley of Bristol, Tennessee).  Manis reportedly asked to take the dog for a walk.  Apparently Manis and the young girl took the dog to the park. 

While the child was playing on a swingset, the dog apparently attacked her, grabbing and causing puncture wounds to her leg.  Lisa Manis started trying to get the dog off of the girl, who ran for help as the dog turned on Manis.  The pit bull kept on biting and tearing at Manis until it was finally warded off by another subject who began striking the dog with an umbrella.

The dog was captured and was taken into custody by the BVPD Animal Control Officer, Deena Bouton.

Lisa Manis and her daughter were both transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

The dog's owners were contacted and, while being interviewed, decided and gave consent to have the animal euthanized immediately, due to it being vicious.  It was also revealed that the dog had recently bitten another child in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

There are no charges at this time, and the investigation continues."






Two people were seriously injured at a Bristol, VA park this afternoon after police say they were attacked by a dog. It happened around 2pm at the Moore Street Park. 

A police spokesperson says a pit bull attacked a child and an adult who were at the park.

The victims are currently being treated at a local hospital and their injuries were described as serious, according to police.

News Channel 11 was told the dog is in police custody and an investigation is underway.

We're in Bristol getting the information on this story watch News Channel 11 and follow wjhl.com for updates. 

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