Young girl bitten by dog.

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SAMSON, Ala. (WTVY) -- A 4-year-old girl has been attacked by dogs in Geneva County.
The attack happened on July 10th, while the child was visiting relatives.
She's now at children's hospital in Birmingham.
"The dogs are I guess trying to eat and they go to fight," said Samson Police Chief Jimmy Hill.

When the child tried to stop the dogs they turned on her.

"That's just a recipe for disaster. They don't understand whether you're taking something away or what you're doing or even if you're just petting them," Veterinarian of Care Animal Center Kirk Holland.

The dogs did not know the girl very well.

"So the worst thing you can do is try to break a fight up and so a child will certainly want to do that so young children and dogs need to always have adult supervision."

The 4-year-old girl was visiting her grandparents. The attack happened sometime after lunch and was rushed to Wiregrass Medical Center before being taken to Birmingham.

Hill said the dogs were not believed to be updated on their rabies vaccinations.

"The state of Alabama requires rabies shots for dogs 12 weeks of age or older annually or every three years depending on the vaccination,” said Holland.

The dogs are being quarantined for 10 days.

"There's no signs of rabies or anything, but we're going to take all the precautions you know the health department has been notified in this too," said Holland.

The dogs are likely to be euthanized which is what the owners have requested

The 4-year-old girl had surgery on her face, but we are unknown of her current condition.

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