APPLE VALLEY – A 5-year-old girl sustained major facial injuries after being bitten by a family dog last Wednesday. The small child was with her family visiting family friends and playing with their 8-year-old Pit Bull. The owner of the dog said that she was raised around children for many years and never snapped at anyone in the past, but this day was different. As Aunnaleina was playing with the dog, she growled and snapped at the child. One bite from the dog caused extensive injuries to the child’s lip and cheek.
The child was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital with her cheek mostly open from the single bite and was later transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center for a higher level of specialized care. The child now must travel with her family to Loma Linda for reconstructive surgeries, check-ups, and follow-up visits.
The family has three other children besides for Aunnaleina, including a 16-month-old child who has a hip problem which also requires trips to Loma Linda University Medical Center. The expenses associated with gas for the numerous visits was difficult, but the situation worsened when the family vehicle since broke down.
The family now has multiple visits to the hospital ahead of them and no way to get there. The owner of the dog is heartbroken because of the shock that her dog suddenly turned in the way that she did and that this small child was injured by the bite. The family of the dog was forced to pay to have their dog put down since she had now attacked and badly injured a small child. The dog owner also said that she has and will continue to help the family as she is able to. She is concerned that because of this and the other medical situation that the four children; a 10-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl, and a 16-month-old boy on top of other more pressing issues, will have no Christmas gifts this year.
If anyone would like to help this family a go fund me account has been set up on their behalf.
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