Richland County authorities are searching for an unrestrained white pit bull in the area around Claudia Drive and Two Notch Road near Columbia Mall.
The dog is being sought after reports that a person suffered a dog bite earlier today.
If residents see this animal, they are asked to contact Richland County Animal Care at 576-2461 or 929-6000.
The public is advised not to approach this pit bull but to contact authorities immediately.
Since November, pit bulls have figured in at least seven separate violent incidents in South Carolina. The dogs have killed two people, including a 66-year-old woman. They have mauled four people, including a police officer and three children, including the 10-year-old and a 13-year-old from Lexington County.