By Andrea Lucia

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.

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“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.

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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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