5-year-old girl killed by dog in Florence County

EFFINGHAM, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old girl has been killed by a dog in Florence County.

Investigators said Arianna Merrbach died at the scene of the mauling around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in a yard in Effingham.

Authorities say the pit bull that attacked the girl has been put to death and its remains are being tested for rabies.

Deputies say the girl was killed at a relative's house. They are trying to figure out why the attack happened. No charges have been filed.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.