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An 8-year-old girl is in the hospital after she was bitten by a New Hanover County Sheriff 's Office police dog Wednesday afternoon.

Lt. Jerry Brewer, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the K-9, trained by Deputy Charles Chapman, has been quarantined and an internal investigation into the incident is underway.

Brewer said Chapman was letting his dog exercise and use the bathroom in the back field of Myrtle Grove Baptist Church just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when a mother and child approached the K-9.

Chapman was motioning for the child to not approach the police dog, Brewer said, when the dog bit the girl in the leg. He said the child is being treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for five puncture wounds to her leg.

Animal Protective Services responded to the incident and took a standard dog bite report, Brewer said.

He said as of Wednesday afternoon no complaints had been filed in regards to the incident.

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