NEW ATHENS, IL (KPLR) - The family of a young New Athens girl is speaking out after the eight year-old was mauled by two German shepherds Thursday night.
Investigators say at least one of the dogs is police-trained and owned by a former New Athens police chief.
When Bob Mann got the call that his granddaughter was attacked by two dogs, he was livid. “At the time I would have, well, done something about them, kill them, whatever, last night,” he says.
Morgan Mann was walking down South Street with a friend when the dogs suddenly approached.
Mann describes his granddaughters injuries: “She has multiple teeth marks all over the lower part of her left leg, open wounds that of course they were able to take care of, the back of her neck is totally red, back is red, puncture wounds.”
Mann says there’s no reason why a trained police dog should be attacking an innocent eight year-old.
According to the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, the dogs belong to former Police Chief Dallas Hill, removed from office in November after felony charges of theft and criminal misconduct.
Thursday’s attacks landed Hill with a citation for Dogs Running at Large.
At the scene Thursday night, neighbors said this isn’t the first time they’d seen those dogs on the loose. Mann explains, “A couple of people were approaching the police department that this has happened before, and we’ve called you, what are you going to do about it? These dogs have been out more than once.”
Luckily, two witnesses with a softball bat saved Morgan’s life. Now Mann wants action taken before anyone else gets attacked, or even killed: “If those two people didn’t help, 30 seconds later, is she dead? That’s what I want to know.”
Morgan’s family is so appreciative of the two women who saved her life, that on Friday, Morgan’s mother brought them hand-carved angels as a gift.
Morgan has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
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