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According to Burbank police, the girl and her 16-year-old aunt were walking in the 8500 block of Parkside Avenue around 7:15 a.m on Oct. 2 when they were viscously attacked by a dog.
The teen told police she and her young niece were walking on the sidewalk in front a Parkside residence when a tan colored pit bull ran from the backyard, leaped over a 4-foot chain-link fence and pounced upon the 6-year-old.
Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Deaprtment said the teen tried fending off the animal by kicking it repeatedly. Her actions stopped the attack on the 6-year-old but the dog began biting the teen, tearing off a piece of her ear before running away.
The teen grabbed her niece and ran across the street to get away from the area before calling for help. The teen told police she saw a woman come out of the house and retrieve the dog.
Burbank paramedics transported the girls to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of their numerous bite wounds. According to police reports, the younger girl required emergency reconstructive surgery to repair her left arm.
Police questioned the homeowner who said the 9-year-old pit bull had been with her for about 6 months. The animal was found to be up-to-date on rabies vaccination.
After being called to the scene, Stickney Animal Control Officer Pam Barnett determined the dog had been involved in two other documented biting incidents in another suburb.
The homeowner was given two local ordinance violations for not having an animal license and not having tags displayed on the animal.
The dog was later euthanized according to Barnett.