Several children were treated for minor injuries and a dog owner was cited after the dog ran up to the youths on Halloween night.
It happened about 7:45 p.m. as the four children, who ranged from 9 to 12 years old, were trick-or-treating near 9900 Echo Valley Court with family members.
According to a Little Rock Police Department report, adult members of the party said the dog ran up to the children and bit several of them before they were able to escape and call police.
The dog owner, identified as 20-year-old Demetri Blake, told investigators he was in his driveway with his American pit bull off a leash when the dog ran out to the group of children and they began swatting at it, the report said. The children then ran off. At least one child was reported to have fallen when the dog approached or when running from it.
Blake told police the dog is not vicious and was being playful when it approached the children, the report said.
Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services responders advised it didn't appear the children were actually bitten and that the injuries — described as broken skin to the left elbow and hip of one child and scratch marks to the others — were more likely caused by the dog's claws or a fall to the pavement.
An animal control officer cited Blake for not having the dog on a leash and for having an unregistered pit bull. The dog was quarantined.
The animal control officer also noted the dog was playful and didn't seem to have bitten the children, the report said.