The 18-month-old daughter of Nelson County’s sheriff is continuing to recover after being attacked by a dog Sunday.

Sheriff David Hill issued a statement on Facebook on Tuesday after his daughter was attacked by a dog and — at the request of the dog’s owner — Hill euthanized the dog.

In an interview Thursday, Hill said the attack happened around 6 p.m. and no one else was injured. Hill said his daughter suffered from puncture wounds and tearing of the skin, and is starting to bruise.

In the statement, Hill said Nelson County Dispatch and Animal Control were both contacted.

“Animal Control responded, gathered the animal and followed their protocol for testing with the Health Department,” the statement said.

On Thursday, Hill said the dog has tested negative for rabies.

“Community support has been overwhelming. It’s been great, we are thankful for that and it just reiterates why I do what I do,” Hill said Thursday.

According to the Facebook post, Hill was outside with his family on Sunday when his daughter was attacked. In the post, Hill said the attack was unwarranted.

“Although the attack happened within feet of accompanying adults, our daughter suffered significant injuries. The owner of the dog immediately requested that the dog be euthanized as the event transpired. As requested by the owner, I promptly euthanized the animal to prevent any further harm or attacks on anyone else,” the statement said.

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Erin Conway covers Nelson County. Reach her at (434) 385-5524 or

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