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Little girl bit by pit bull

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

July 16, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A 9-year-old girl is recovering from an attack by a pit bull. She was inside watching TV when her dog started barking. When she opened the door to see what was outside, she was attacked by a neighbor's dog.

Nirel Andrews spent Saturday July 5th the way many of us did, on the couch watching TV, but then her day took a dramatic turn when she went to check on her dog. "I went out to see what he was barking at and when I opened the door," she said, "the dog was sitting at the door mat and that's when he jumped up and bit the top of my eye."

A neighbor's pit bull was loose and bit her. It was apparently trying to get to her dog and she got in between. Nirel had to have four stitches on her eye lid and a few just above her eyebrow, but she's okay now.

"I'm just thanking God that it wasn't more severe," said Nirel's mom Leslie.  She wants to make sure there's not another danger to her children. The dog that bit Nirel has been removed, but there are other pit bulls at this home and she doesn't want them to get loose and hurt someone else.

She said, "This is what we were trying to avoid." Because at least one dog from the house at 609 Pick Avenue has gotten out before. The woman who lives there, Katherine McCrory, was cited in April for dogs at large. "We want permanent results."

David Andrews, Nirel's brother, said, "We understand that dogs come off the leash and get loose, but it shouldn't come to the point where they have to get bitten."

Leslie said, "We understand that you can't commit cruelty to animals but at what point do we stop cruelty to human beings? Emotionally, physically, this is our concern. We don't want to live like this and no one should have to."

We tried to speak to Ms. McCrory in person, but one of the pit bulls she was with charged our reporter. She did tell us in a phone interview that the dog that bit Nirel was quarantined and released, but now living with another family member, so it cannot hurt Nirel or anyone else.

She's also trying to find homes for some of the other dogs. McCrory is scheduled to appear in court on Friday for dog at large and animal bite charges. She says she has offered to pay for the little girl's medical treatment.