Girl recovering after being attacked by pack of Chihuahuas - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Girl recovering after being attacked by pack of Chihuahuas


A 6-year-old girl is recovering after she was attacked by a pack of Chihuahuas in Salem.

The attack happened Wednesday night on 17th Street Northeast near Nebraska Street, according to Salem police.

The girl was taken to the hospital but is expected to be OK.

Four of the Chihuahuas are now at the Marion County Animal Shelter under a 10-day quarantine. Once that is finished, a veterinarian will evaluate each dog for either adoption or euthanasia.

William Van Aken, the victim's father, said he and his daughter were on a walk to her school.

"We were only two blocks from the school when the five dogs just ran up barking and they ran straight after her and I thought they were just going to come up to us and back off, but the biggest one jumped up and bit her in the shoulder," he said.

A school crossing guard who was nearby chased the dogs away.

Neighbors said the Chihuahuas would routinely get loose from their yard and roam the streets.

"They actually tried to come at me and bite me but I was with my dog and he started barking at them," said neighbor Ryan Cade.

Since no one could say which dog out of the pack actually bit the girl, all but the quietest one were confiscated.  

"It was bound to happen," said neighbor Barbara Gault. "We've seen them chasing after people all the time."

The dogs' owner told FOX 12 that children in the neighborhood often let the dogs out. He also said he understood it was time to give them up.

Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly