(WKRC) - A 5-year-old girl's jaw is wired shut while she is recovering from a dog attack.
This isn't the first time the dog has attacked, but it will be the last.
Lilly-Mae Payne went outside her house on Millikin Street Saturday morning to see her aunt, who had just pulled into the driveway. The neighbor's dog, Gunner, broke off his chain and attacked her. Lilly-Mae's big sister Gwendalynne called 911.
Gwendalynne says she was not scared of the neighbor's dog Gunner before the attack. She says she plays with him all the time, but she don't like him to jump on her and said, 'No, Gunner,' and ran. Well, when he ran after her, his leash went under the van, and we don't know if something cut it, but he snapped the leash and attacked her," said Wendi Brown, Lilly-Mae's grandmother.
Lilly-Mae is at Cincinnati Children's Hospital with bite wounds all over her body.
"Her jaw, they had to put a plate in her jaw. They did it from the inside, so there was no more scarring, and they had to wire her mouth shut," said Brown.
Gwendalynne and Brown will spend the night helping her recover.
"She actually got her to play a little bit, so she was playing with Play-Doh, and she cut pieces for everybody and gave it to us, and she colored a little bit, so...she's a very strong kid, anyway," said Brown.
The family says the owner is taking responsibility.
"His exact words: I love my dog; that's my dog, but it's just a dog. That's a child; that's a baby," Brown said.
Brown says Gunner has been friendly with the kids before but was registered as a vicious dog after the other attack.
The SPCA quarantined the dog. The owner agreed to put him down.
The owner of a pit bull is facing charges after the dog attacked a 5-year-old girl, fracturing her jaw and opening several wounds on her face, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Tuesday.
The attack happened Saturday on Millikin Street in Hamilton, Jones said. The PIT BULL was previously labeled as a dangerous dog by Butler County’s dog wardens following a separate attack on a child in September, 2018.
Its owner, 37-year-old Justin Iceman, was charged with failing to confine a dangerous dog and failure to notify the dog warden of the attack — two misdemeanor offenses. The dog is scheduled to be euthanized, Jones said, because it was upgraded from a dangerous dog to a vicious dog.
“This little girl was minding her own business when this dog broke the leash and attacked her,” Jones said in a written statement.
The girl is expected to make a full recovery but will need continued medical care.
“I am glad that she is expected to be fine but fear this will have a lasting impression on her,” the sheriff said. “We don’t know what prompted the attack, but this dog obviously should not be around people.”