BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A 10-year-old Bridgeport girl suffered serious injuries and will require more surgeries after she stepped up to save a 7-year-old boy from a dog attack and was attacked herself, police said.
The two children were playing in the house at 497 Pearl Harbor St. when the dog bit the boy in the buttocks at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, a statement from police spokeswoman Rowena White said.
He was able to get free from the dog and went to jump out of the open first floor window to get away from the animal, White said.
As he ran toward the window, the 10-year-old girl went to restrain the dog by the harness to protect her friend, she said.
The dog then transferred its attack to the girl, White said.
The girl suffered multiple serious injuries, including lacerations to the left side of her head near the ear, puncture wounds to the left ear, left shoulder puncture/lacerations, laceration to her right upper lip, puncture wound on the left hand, laceration to her right lower stomach, laceration to her right upper thigh and a large laceration to the middle of her right thigh, White said.
She was transferred to Bridgeport Hospital via AMR ambulance and treated.
The girl was receiving plastic surgery for her lip, White said. The wounds to her hand and stomach were all fatty tissue damage, her mother told White.
"Mom states that she will need follow up surgeries and that they are trying to control the pain for her," White said in the statement.
The mother of the 7-year-old boy refused medical treatment for him, White said.
The dog is in custody of Bridgeport Animal Control, which is trying to reach the owner, she said. The uncle of the 10-year-old girl owns the dog, and he is in New York, White said.
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