NEWARK, Del. (CBS) – Newark Police say an eight-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was attacked by a Pit Bull Saturday afternoon.

This happened around 1 p.m. on the unit block of Adelene Drive in the City of Newark.

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Police say the girl was attacked at her home, where the dog also resides.

According to police, the victim’s 15-year-old sister helped fight off the dog and was able to call 9-1-1.

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When police arrived, they had to shoot and kill the Pit Bull because the dog continued to act aggressively while they were trying to help the eight-year-old girl.

The victim was rushed to the hospital and eventually airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for specialty care of severe soft tissue injuries.

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