Traumatized girl, 5, needs 50 stitches after being attacked by a dog whose owner invited her to pet it
Traumatized girl, 5, needs 50 stitches and staples to her face, scalp, neck and back after being abused by a dog whose owner invited her to pet it
- A five-year-old girl was mauled by a dog whose owner said he was ‘good with children’
- Owner and dog reportedly found after disappearing from the scene
A five-year-old Florida girl is recovering from horrific injuries after she was attacked Friday afternoon at a Fort Lauderdale park.
Florian Becker said his wife and daughter were walking in Hortt Park when they were invited to pet a stranger’s dog.
Other children were reportedly already petting the dog, which the owner said was “really good with children.”
But as Becker’s daughter approached “cautiously,” the dog turned and bit her face, leaving the girl traumatized.
The child was pulled away by her mother and taken to the emergency room of a local hospital, where she received 50 stitches and staples to her face, neck and shoulders.
The five-year-old needed 50 stitches, ‘at least 20 to the head,’ her father said after the attack
Florian Becker (pictured below) berated the owner (pictured, R) for not acting responsibly
The family was quick to call the dog’s owner, who they said was “out of control of her dog.”
Becker said his wife, who was on the phone 10 feet away, dropped her phone and dove in to help when the animal turned around.
Surveillance cameras in the park caught the daughter’s shrill screams as the dog lunged.
Becker said, “My wife was startled and screamed, tried to pull the dog back by its collar, but the collar broke.
“The dog attacked again, this time more viciously, and she grabbed hold of the dog and fought it back, holding it down and yelling at the woman to take control of her dog.”
Becker, who was home when his wife and daughter went for a walk, said the owner was not holding the dog properly and his wife had to wrestle him to the ground.
The girl’s mother, an ER doctor, took quick action and assessed her daughter’s injuries before deciding to take her to hospital.
It took about five hours to make all the necessary stitches and staples, and the family was worried the dog could have put their daughter at risk for rabies.
The owner said her dog was only recently adopted.
The girl suffered multiple bite wounds to her skull, face, shoulders and back and was lucky not to lose an eye.
Becker said his daughter at one point asked his wife, “Why are you looking at me?” His wife said, ‘Because you’re beautiful,’ and she said, ‘No, I look like a monster,’ so these scars will be there for a long time.”
Video surveillance shows someone – whom the family believes to be the woman – walking the dog after the attack.
When the police arrived at the park, the dog walker was already gone.
The family initially called on the dog walker to come forward, both to prevent a recurrence of accidents and to confirm that the dog has up-to-date photos.
Becker asks the owner to come forward, fearing the recently adopted dog could have rabies
The dog’s owner walks away with the dog on surveillance video near the park
On February 13, NBC reported that the dog and owner had been found and the incident was under investigation.
Animal protection took the dog late Saturday or early Sunday.