An eight-year-old child was severely mauled by two dogs in Dekalb County last week. She continues to remain in a critical condition at Children's Health Care of Atlanta at Egleston.
Erin Ingraham was attacked by the Staffordshire Terrier dogs as she was playing in her own yard. The dogs were apparently left in their owner's garage with the door open. There were no leashes or other restraints to keep the dogs on their own property. Two officers who responded to the scene were able to pull the two dogs off the little girl. One of the dogs was shot when it attacked an officer, and the other dog ran back into its owner's house and was soon caught. The second dog is likely to be euthanized.
The dog's owner, Twyann Atrrell Vaughn, is expected to be charged in the attack.
Erin has already had vascular and plastic surgery. The road to recovery is going to be a long stretch for this little girl, and my thoughts and prayers continue to be with her and her family.
There is no concrete information yet about whether the dogs had a previous history of attacks, or whether Vaughn has been cited before for any attacks involving his dogs. However, his neighbors say that the dogs seemed very aggressive. Residents in the area were always fearful of an attack. Apparently, the dogs had been involved in attacks on a neighbor's pet cat, as well as on another person.
Jason Schultz is an Atlanta dog bite lawyer, helping injured victims of dog bites recover compensation for their injuries.