ARLINGTON, FL – A 6-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a pit bull her family was pet sitting.

Police and firefighters were called to a house on Sunday after a man saw a neighbor running out of her house screaming for help while carrying a young girl’s unconscious body.

“I just kept hearing somebody (yell), ‘Help me, help me!'” the neighbor said. “She came out of the house and laid the baby down right there and told us to call the paramedics, and that’s what we did.”

When paramedics arrived, they found 6-year-old Jaelah Smith suffering from a dog bite to the neck. She was taken to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

According to reports, Jaelah had been bitten by a pit bull terrier inside her home. The dog did not belong to the family but was at the home as they were pet sitting while the dog’s owner was on vacation.

The dog was picked up by Animal Care and Protective Services where it will be placed on a 10-day quarantine. The dog will be euthanized unless the owner files an appeal.

The owner of the dog could be facing six months in jail or a $500 fine “if the state can prove reckless disregard in this attack,” according to attorney John Holzbaur.

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