Police say a dog that attacked a 2-year-old girl and her 61-year-old grandmother at a playground near the Bartlett Middle School on Oct. 21 has not been located and may still be on the loose.
Meanwhile, Hoy Bin, 61, of Lowell, and her 2-year-old granddaughter, Jasmine Rem, are both getting a series of rabies shots as they recover from the attack that left both with stitches and bruises.
Bin's daughter, Terry Prak, provided an account of the attack since her parents' English can be difficult to understand. She said her mother, father and three of their grandchildren were at the park they often visit behind the school while her father, Chak Prak, walks a grandchild to the Bartlett School in the morning.
Prak was walking one grandchild up the hill to the school while Bin played with Rem and a grandson in the park.
Prak said a dog that appeared to be a PIT BULL started chasing after her nephew, but then ran toward Bin and Rem and began attacking Rem. Bin tried to pry the dog's jaws open as it bit the 2-year-old, which prompted the dog to begin attacking her instead, Prak said.
Chak Prak heard his wife screaming as he walked back toward the park from school and ran to intervene.
"He ran down and kicked it in the head but then it came back and attacked my mom again," said Terry Prak. "My mom had my niece under her to protect her."
As the attack continued, another man ran to help and hit the dog with an object, which prompted the dog to briefly back off. The unidentified man who helped fight the dog off gave Chak Prak an opening to grab his wife and granddaughter and rush them to his car and Lowell General Hospital/Saints Campus.
Capt. Timothy Crowley said an animal control officer met with the family and took a report. He said Bin needed 20 stitches in her head and had bruises on her face and body, while the 2-year-old needed six stitches to her head and ear.
Crowley said the dog was described as a light brown pit bull with no collar. It has not been found and is believed to still be on the loose.
Terry Prak said her family visits the park often.
"It's usually pretty quiet and you don't see dogs or anything out there," Terry Prak said.
Jasmine's mother, Sokheang Prak, said her mother and daughter were both "traumatized" by the incident. Sokheang Prak said that since the attack, Jasmine has been scared of animals, including a cat and a dog she saw on television.
Terry Prak said the attack occurred shortly after her mother saw a white car pull up near the park, but that she couldn't make out the make or model of the car and cannot say for sure whether the dog came out of the car.
She said animal control knocked on doors in the area to see if anyone else had seen the dog, but came up empty. Anyone with information on the dog, or its whereabouts, is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200.