Hoxie toddler recovers after dog attack

Published: Apr. 6, 2015 at 10:11 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2015 at 11:23 PM CDT
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HOXIE, AR (KAIT) - A Hoxie toddler is recovering after her family's newly adopted dog attacked her on Saturday.

The child's mother, Teala Hilderbran, said her family only had the dog 3 days before it attacked her daughter.

Hilderbran said the dog showed no signs of aggression prior to the attack.

When the attack happened, Hilderbran said she was upstairs talking to her husband while her daughter was downstairs with the dog.

Hilderbran said she knew something was wrong when she heard her 4-year-old daughter screaming.

"She grabbed her face and she had blood all over her hands, arms and just running all over her face," Hilderbran said. "She said mommy, she snapped at me. I called 911 and told them where we were at and that they needed to hurry."

Hilderbran said she watched her daughter as her husband tried to catch the dog so he could kill it.

"It tried to kill our baby," Hilderbran said. "What else were we supposed to do?"

Hilderbran said the dog ran outside the front door as she opened it to take her daughter to the ambulance.

She said she was frantic when she first saw her daughter.

"I started screaming and crying," Hilderbran said. "It looked a lot worse than what it was."

Hilderbran said when she adopted the dog, she was told the dog showed no signs of aggression.

"She seemed like the sweetest dog I've ever seen," Hilderbran said. "She was very well mannered and very calm. I'd seen her around other dogs, we watched her around our daughter before, without me holding her and she seemed fine with her."

Hilderbran said she asked her daughter if she was playing with the dog's ears or tail before the attack and said her daughter told her no.

Hoxie Police Chief Glen Smith said several authorities in Lawrence County worked to find the dog after the attack.

"Being that it was the day before Easter, there were a lot of kids out and this dog was all around the school area here, up and down the streets," Smith said. "I was really nervous about kids being out because it's already bit once."

Smith said the city has a leash law and vicious animal ordinance and if residents have any questions about either, they can visit city hall to get a copy of the rules.

Hilderbran's daughter was transported to a Jonesboro hospital and was treated and later released.

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