Wis. mom's wisdom helps save daughter in pit bull attack

5:00 PM, Jan 8, 2010   |    comments
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. -- Police say a 9-year-old girl should be fine after being attacked by a pit bull.  The girl's mother says it could have been much worse if she had not trained her daughter what to do if she was ever attacked.

It happened in Chippewa Falls Wednesday afternoon.  Authorities say the dog somehow got loose and attacked the girl who was walking in the neighborhood.

Witnesses saw the pit bull on top of the girl and helped chase the dog away.  The girl was taken to the hospital with injuries to her face and arms.  She was later released.

The girl's mother, Sommer Robbins, told Eau Claire's Leader Telegram she taught her daughter, Alicia Poirier, what to do if a dog attacked her.

So, when a pit bull went after the 9-year-old, Robbins said her daughter knew to cover her head with her arms and not move.

The dog's owner was ticketed for having an animal running at large and possession of a vicious animal.  Each carries a fine of $169.  The dog was quarantined and could soon be put to sleep.

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