A Copperas Cove girl is receiving what her mother says is aggressive antibiotic treatment after a PIT BULL attack left her with severe injuries to her forearm.
Ayanna Troxell, 5, was bitten while playing outside of her home off of Golf Course Road after two girls walking the dog stopped to say hello.
As she went to hug one of the girls, the dog attacked.
"Right now the tissue is already dying and it’s infected so we're trying to do aggressive antibiotic (treatment) to see if we can save it", said LaVictoria Robinson, Ayanna's mother.
The dog that bit her has been quarantined because its shots weren’t up to date.
No charges have been filed, but the incident is under investigation.
According to Animal Control officials in Copperas Cove, there has been a slight increase in dog bites among children.
In the last 3 days, 3 have been bitten, in each case by a dog with which the child was not familiar.
And over the last 2 months, the city says it has received about 15 reports of dog bites, 6 of them involving children.
The responsibility of keeping aggressive dogs away from strangers rests with pet owners, officials say.
"If you actually know your dog is aggressive towards people, you need to stay clear of people. It’s not that they need to stay clear of you. They don't know your dog. You're the one who knows your dog", said Howard Dixon with Animal Control.