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Monday August 31st, 2015 11:55PM

6-year-old Alto girl undergoing surgery after dog attack

By Rob Moore Reporter
CLARKESVILLE - Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell says a 6-year-old Alto girl is undergoing her second plastic surgery since she was attacked by dogs earlier this week.

"She lost about 40 percent of her scalp," Terrell said.

The call to Aspen Lane in Alto was received about 6:13 p.m. Tuesday, a sheriff's office incident report shows.

"The minor had left her residence and went into the neighbor's home," said Animal Care and Control Director Madi Hawkins. "The homeowners were not present at this time. When homeowners returned, they found the child in their home with severe injuries. Minor had stated she was attacked by the homeowners dogs(s) which were housed in the backyard."

The injured child, whose name is being withheld, was taken by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, then was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Five dogs from the home were taken into custody by animal control officers while the full investigation is underway. The dogs included an American bulldog, a basset hound, a Labrador mix, a black and tan mixed-breed dog and a Catahaula Leopard mix.

"The outcome of the dogs has not yet been determined," Hawkins said.

Terrell said the victim has begun undergoing rabies shots since the status of at least one of the dogs' vaccinations is questionable.

Aspen Lane is located off Wild Cherry Drive in the Smokey Road area near Georgia Highway 365.
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