WACO (June 5, 2014) A 2-year-old who was attacked by a dog near her Waco home has been released from the hospital and is expected to be alright.
The attack happened last Thursday at 2019 Summer Ave. The girl, Amy Mendez, was bitten on the head, face, shoulder and arms, but was conscious and crying when paramedics arrived.
Police say she was playing in her yard near a neighbor’s dog, which was tied up, when the attack happened.
The dog was taken by animal control, but it still remains unclear if it was provoked before the attack.
Mendez was transferred from Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center to McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple for surgery. She received 38 stitches on her head, and was released from the hospital earlier this week.
Her mother Reyna Mendez is now speaking about the attack.
"When I first saw her I imagined the worst, I didn't think she was alive. I'm thankful God helped me bring her back to health quickly," Mendez said.
Since last Thursday, two more dog bites have been reported within city limits. Both happened in an East Waco neighborhood on Wednesday when a man and a 70-year-old woman were bitten by three dogs that were running loose near a bus stop.
Mendez is now asking every pet owner, for her daughter’s sake, to watch their animals closer.
“Things could have been worse, everyone should keep an eye on their pets,” she said.