125 Pound Dog Attacks Northeast Alabama Girl

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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2008 at 05:46 PM
    He didn't kick and save her from the dog Mrs. Kimberley Buttler did!!!!!
  • by Angie Location: Cullman on Apr 16, 2008 at 12:39 PM
    It was a bullmastiff. This is a cross between an English Bulldog and a Mastiff.
  • by Chanchu on Apr 11, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    Dog attacks on children and postal workers are a national disgrace. Dog owners who allow that to happen should be punished severly. Until laws are put in place that give harsh penaltys fo dog owners that allow their savage dogs to kill and maim innocent people-- the K9 carnage on our streets will continue. Contact your elected officials today and demand that they take action to stop the dog bite epidemic. Politicals will not want to do this, as they are scared of the dollars of the dog lobby and the votes of bad dog owners. The heat must be put on them to force them to enact laws that serve the public good by protecting the public from bad dog owners and savage dog attacks. http://www.dogassault.com/ The above website has the solution to stopping the dog attack epidemic.
  • by stacy Location: enterprise on Apr 9, 2008 at 07:40 PM
    Interesting how this wasn't a leading story. I guarantee if it had been a pit bull it would have been ALL OVER the news, but since it wasn't a pit(true pit bull type dogs are between 35-60 lbs), it only warrants a small article. I hope this child makes a full recovery, and my thoughts are with her family.
  • by citizen on Apr 9, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    My guess is a mixed breed-MUTT so that is why they just stated the weight/size of dog. Any dog can become violent in certain instances. I pray for a quick recovery for Selena and Thank God the brave 11 year old boy took action.
  • by Becky Location: Slocomb on Apr 9, 2008 at 10:07 AM
    Why is it that when a child is attacked by pit bulls the breed is told on news but no breed was told in this attack. It just proves its not the breed, its the way the dog is raised.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2008 at 08:46 AM
    All children of any age need to be supervised when around any pet.
  • by Don Location: Dothan, Al on Apr 8, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    If these continued animal attacks do not get the Animal Control Citizen group motivated, maybe a good lawsuit against the city will motivate them...Come on people wake up......
  • by jojo Location: dothan on Apr 8, 2008 at 12:44 PM
    THIS IS AWFUL,I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF DOG IT WAS ? WE KNOW IT WAS'NT A PITBULL OR IT WOULD HAVE SAID PITBULL INSTEAD OF 125 LB DOG..THESE PEOPLE THAT OWN ANY VICIOUS DOG NEEDS TO BE HORSE WHIPPED...AND WE ALL KNOW ANY DOG CAN BE VICIOUS......THIS IS SHAMEFUL
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