Pit Bull Attack: Menomonie Girl Needs 39 Stitches

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Menomonie police say a dog attacked a 10-year-old girl on Wednesday morning as she was walking to her school bus stop.

39 stitches later, Dacia Otto says she barely had any time to react as the dog came running out of the house across the street from her home. As she stood on the sidewalk, Dacia says she knew something was wrong right away.

"The dog got out and he had his ears back," she said. "I went up with this arm first and I snagged this one away and then he went for this one."

Police say Tiffany Olson of Eau Claire owns the dog, named Blue, but the dog was staying with Olson's sister, Hollie Peterson, in Menomonie. Dacia says Peterson pulled the dog off her. Then Dacia ran across the street back to her house.

While today's rain washed away much of the evidence on the sidewalk, blood was still on the kitchen door. Bite marks are still all over Dacia's arms, seven in all, with teeth marks on her skin.

Today, Dacia's teacher stopped by with get-well cards from her classmaters but even simple tasks are hard right now with sore arms and swollen fingers.

Dacia said she plans to go back to school on Monday but says she is afraid of dogs now and is a little scared to go outside. "They shouldn't have those kinds of dogs in here because they are very dangerous and they should keep them away from little kids," she said."

Menomonie Police Chief Dennis Beety says Olson was ticketed for a dog causing damage, second offense. Beety says this same dog also attacked another dog near the same house recently, so Olson was fined more than $1,000.

Beety says, right now, Blue is at Olson's house in Eau Claire. She did not return our phone calls.



 
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