A young girl is recovering from an attack by a dog.
Witnesses say if nearby shoppers didn’t rush to help, it could have been much worse.
It happened Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of the Walmart near Chapel Hills in Colorado Springs.
Police say the girl was taken to Penrose Hospital for bite wounds to her face.
Our 11 News crew spoke with a witness who did not want to be on camera.
She says she saw a girl whose face had been mauled by a dog, was bleeding profusely and people got out of their cars to pull the animal off her.
Sami Lietz works nearby, she says a man came and told them what happened and they immediately ran outside.
"She was crying, screaming,” Lietz said.
Lietz says it was unclear who owned the dog, but she was relieved to see how many people stopped to help the girl.
"The community stepped up a lot, a lot of people stopped, a lot of people were standing over there trying to help her at least with what they could and what they had. It was a good feeling to know people just didn't let the dog bite her and drive off,” Lietz said.
Police tell 11 News they do not know the breed of the dog, or who owned the animal - But it was taken to the Pikes Peak Area Humane Society and they will follow up on the investigation.
11 News reached out to the humane society but have not heard back yet.