NEWS ATHENS, Ill. (KMOX) — An 8 year old New Athens girl is mauled by 2 dogs owned by the town’s former police chief.

The girl was walking down the street with a friend, the dogs somehow got loose and attacked the girls.

A woman who lived around the corner heard the girls scream so she grabbed a bat and hit the dogs.

The 8 year old was hospitalized.

KTVI reporting this morning the dogs belonged to Dallas Hill. He left the New Athens police department after he was arrested for stealing an iPod and iPad from the police evidence locker.

The State’s Attorney will decide whether the dogs will be put down or charges filed.

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