(WOOD) — A 4-year-old girl may need plastic surgery after she was reportedly attacked by a dog while walking to the park.
The incident happened Monday afternoon in the 2000 block of Greenfield Avenue SW south of Chicago Drive in Wyoming. The victim’s family says she was walking to nearby Lamar Park with her mother and others when the dog jumped over the fence at its home and attacked her.
Wyoming police said family members initially didn't realize the child had an injury but soon saw blood on her pants. They discovered she had a significant bite wound to her genital area and rushed her to an area medical center.
"They said they couldn't do anything for her because the cut was so deep,” the girl’s mother Lareatrice Hayes told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday.
Family members said the victim, London Ewing, was placed under anesthesia and had to undergo surgery and get stitches. Doctors have referred the child to a plastic surgeon, who will determine if another operation is necessary.
On Tuesday afternoon, after getting another complaint that the dog had gotten loose, Kent County Animal Control quarantined the dog for 10 days. After more investigating, the county will determine whether to ask a judge to take further action.
The dog’s owner Morgan Gibson said the animal is a BULLMASTIFF-BOXER MIX. She said the dog is aggressive but has never attempted to harm a child. Gibson said she was there when the dog approached the victim and her family and is certain the dog didn't bite the girl.
"My dog did not bite that child,” Gibson told 24 Hour News 8 shortly after the dog was taken away. “He didn't touch her.”
Wyoming police said the victim’s injury was consistent with a dog bite.