DUNDALK, Md. (WJZ)—A little girl is fighting for her life after she was attacked by two dogs in her Baltimore County neighborhood.
Derek Valcourt spoke with the girl’s family at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
That little girl is recovering from one surgery, but family members say she’ll need many more as a result of a vicious dog attack.
Amanda Mitchell, 7, was playing outside of her home on Villager Circle in the Boston Court neighborhood of Dundalk on Saturday evening when two dogs that live nearby attacked. They were initially described as pit bulls, but have now been identified as American bull dogs.
Her mother heard her screams for help.
“They both were yanking. One was on the left, one was on this right side of the cheek,” said Orleen Lambert, victim’s aunt.
“My sister is laying on the bed in so much pain,” said Myeshia Mitchell, victim’s sister.
Myeshia says her sister has already undergone extensive surgeries to her face and head after the dog’s strong bite ripped out Amanda’s braids.
“She has stitches from her lip going up to the top of her head. She has staples in her head,” Myeshia Mitchell said.
Family members believe the dogs were somehow able to escape their fenced-in yard. Several neighbors had to rush to help stop the attack.
“One neighbor tried to help with his shovel,” said Iana Lambert. “He gave the dog two hits with his shovel and the dog still wouldn’t let go of my niece, and he hit the dog the third time and that’s when he let go of her.”
This is hard and really shaken for the whole neighborhood because all of the kids come out and play in the area where the attack occurred.
“They should put these dogs to sleep because these dogs are unsafe for the neighborhood period and anywhere else,” Orleen Lambert said.
It’s unclear whether the dog’s owners will face any charges. The dogs were later euthanized. It’s still unknown why they attacked; the investigation continues.