Toddler Survives Dog Attack In Dallas

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Stitches cover four-year-old Cashlyn’s face, where a dog clamped down on her lips and cheek, early Friday morning.

“It’s definitely hard,” said Jennie Byars, cradling her young niece in her arms. “This being on her face is going to be a constant reminder.”

Randall Byars said he walked outside at two o’clock Friday morning to take out the trash, when his granddaughter wandered out behind him.

“All I heard was her scream… like a crazy scream… and when I looked I saw something going back that way,” he said.

Family members raced outside and saw what looked like a medium-sized, dark-colored dog running away from Cashlyn. “She was on the ground, balled up, bleeding,” said her aunt.

They picked her up and drove her to a hospital where doctors had her airlifted to Children’s Medical Center. A plastic surgeon stitched her wounds to try to reduce any scarring.

Dallas Animal Services said an officer and later a manager searched the neighborhood looking for dog responsible, but couldn’t find the culprit. They suspect it wasn’t a stray dog, but a loose one.

“There’s definitely an issue with loose dogs in Dallas. A lot of these dogs are owned, they’re just not properly confined,” said Dr. Cate McManus.

Cashlyn’s family believe spaghetti left outside might have attracted the dog.

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