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Toddler attacked by stray dog

Published On: Apr 04 2014 02:06:30 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2014 02:55:23 AM CDT
ANDERSON, Calif. -

A Shasta County woman is asking for the public’s help in finding a dog that attacked her toddler.

Kim Brooks said a pit bull came out of nowhere, bit her child’s face and then ran off. The mother said the dog mauled her 2-year-old daughter Paisley on March 23, near Pinon Avenue and Bruce Street in Anderson.

“Scared to death thought it was going to kill her,” said Brooks,“he had her by the face and was just shaking her and there was a lot of blood.”

Brooks said it looked like a brindle black and brown pit bull, medium in size and it took the dog only a few minutes to cause serious damage to Paisley’s face.

“Doctors said if she wouldn’t naturally put her head down it would have punctured her jugular and got her throat,” said Brooks.

Paisley needed 17 stitches, and since the dog was a stray a series of rabies vaccinations. Her mother is thankful it wasn’t more serious.

According to the American Humane Association, dog bites are extremely common. However, 75 percent of the time it’s a dog the victim knows on their own property.

“They don’t typically run out from no where and bite people there has to be a reason for the most part,” said animal regulator Captain Lee Anne Smith.

Captain Smith is the chief of operations for the Haven Humane in Shasta County. She said since it was a stray,  it could be perceived as a threat.

“It is a concern because he could do it again and there’s the reason behind it why it’s responding this way,” said Captain Smith.

Brooks is hoping the dog is found, because she is worried it could attack again.

“That dog really scared me, the dog was vicious and from the looks of it that wasn’t the first time,” said Brooks.

If you see the dog you are asked to immediately notify Haven Humane Society at (530) 241-1653 or Anderson Police at (530) 378-6600.