A five year old Northeast Alabama girl has been hospitalized with severe injuries after suffering a violent dog attack.
Selena Burks and several other children were playing when the 125-pound animal attacked.
The young girl suffered crushed ribs, a punctured lung and a punctured liver.
Witnesses say the heroic efforts of an 11-year old boy who kicked the dog possibly spared the girl from suffering further injuries.
Doctors say Selena will undergo several surgeries in the coming days.
They also suggest a steel plate maybe installed to expand her chest to help her recovery.
The dog has since been put down.
His remains were sent to Alabama’s Crime Labs to see if this was a case of rabies or if there was another reason behind the attack.
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