4-Year-Old Almost Loses Eye After Family’s Newly Adopted Dog Attacks

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A 4-year-old girl from Caldwell County has been attacked inside her home by the family pet.

Family members said they had recently adopted the dog from the humane society in Catawba County.

Justina Turner, the child’s mother, said that she and her daughter were in the living room of her home on south of Lenoir on Wednesday, when the 3-year-old 60-pound dog suddenly attacked the child, biting her face. She said that the dog bit down so hard on her daughter that she wasn’t sure at first how she was going to get the animal off her.

Turner said the dog almost ripped her daughter’s right eye out, and the girl had to get several stitches around her eye.

4-year old girl recovering this morning after a viscous attack by a dog the family just adopted in Catawba County. What the mother did to protect her daughter today on eyewitness news. pic.twitter.com/hjOuiwBz6O
— Dave Faherty (@FahertyWSOC9) May 3, 2018

“I was in such shock,” Turner said. “I didn’t know what was going on. Once I got the dog away from my daughter and saw the blood, it was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

The dog will be in quarantine for 10 days to be checked for rabies at the Caldwell County Animal Shelter.

Turner said that she didn’t know the dog posed a threat because it seemed friendly when she adopted it.

“They really didn’t tell us much about the dog,” Turner said. “They just told us to pick out a dog and to take it to the play yard to play with it. The dog seemed kid-friendly.”

Breaking- just got video of the 60-pound pitbull involved in the attack. It will be quarantined for 10-days to make sure the dog doesn’t have rabies. pic.twitter.com/GnGSO4z00o
— Dave Faherty (@FahertyWSOC9) May 3, 2018

The humane society handles all adoptions in Catawba County from the intake to temperament screening before adoption.

They’re around these animals every day,” said Paris Wright, a visitor at the Catawba County Humane Society. “They see their temperament. They see how they carry themselves. So, I figured that’s what they would be able to give me insight and they did.”

Humane society officials noted that an adopted dog can act differently once it’s in a home and around children.

Turner said that people need to be careful adopting older dogs.

“I just want him out of the house,” she said.

The Catawba County Humane Society adopts over 1,000 dogs each year and has not had an issue like this.

The dog had been in the human society for more than 2 months prior to being adopted.

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