7-year-old girl critically injured in dog attack, mother also bit

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HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (12/1/2017) - A 7-year-old girl was in critical condition Friday after two dogs her family was fostering brutally attacked her Thursday evening.

The girl opened a gate to let the dogs out of a pen in which they were being kept on her family's property in the 3200 block of North Hickory Ridge Road in Oakland County's Highland Township.

As soon as the dog got out, they knocked the girl to the ground and began to viciously attack her, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. The dogs bit the girl's neck and shredded her winter coat during the attack.

The girl's 6-year-old brother saw the attack unfold and ran back to the house to alert their mother. She was able to stop the attack and get the dogs back into the pen, but suffered a deep bite wound on her right upper arm.

Paramedics rushed the girl to an area hospital before she was airlifted to Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She remained in critical but stable condition Friday with an injury to her trachea.

The sheriff's office said doctors believe the girl will recover.

Oakland County Animal Control took custody of one dog, but the other escaped under a fence and remained at large Friday. Officers set up a trap on the property to capture it.

The family had a total of seven dogs on the property, according to the sheriff's office. They regularly take in rescue dogs. The two dogs involved in the attack came from a humane society in Pennsylvania.

The girl's parents signed over four of the other five dogs not involved in the attack to animal control officers, leaving just one dog in their possession.

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