Chicago girl speaks after pit bull attack

December 7, 2009 4:41:10 AM PST
Six people were sent to hospitals after a pit bull attack on Chicago's Southeast Side.It happened around 2 p.m. in the 1300-block of 74th Street and near Kenwood on Chicago's Southeast Side. Police ended up shooting and killing the dog.

An 11-year old girl who was attacked shared her story with ABC7 Chicago Sunday night.

Felica Neburn says, if it wasn't for the heroic efforts of a Chicago police officer, the outcome would be much different. With wounds to her arm and leg, Felica was treated and released from the hospital. She was taking it easy Sunday night, while continuing to recover the attack.

Felica was walking home from a store earlier Sunday when she saw some kids running from a vicious dog. The canine then began attacking her.

"I just started panicking. I didn't know what to do," she said. "I tried hitting him, and he wouldn't let go. It just felt like a sharp metal was going through my leg

Felica was not the only victim. Witnesses say the dog started a two-block rampage by attacking a 4-year-old and 7-year-old at the corner of 74th and South Dorchester.

"I was walking home from the store and saw kids outside playing, and the woman went around the corner, and the dog went around the corner and grabbed a kid by arm," said witness Alex Robinson.

"The dog came from across the street and jumped the girl, and the mom was trying to fight him off, and he was going at them," witness Angelo Heard said.

Neighbors say a mother and her two children tried to escape the dog's attack by running into an apartment building lobby, but the pit bull followed them inside before going back out and continuing to attack people.

In all, six people were attacked, the majority were children.

A Chicago police officer was on the scene quickly. He decided to use his gun when the dog would not let go of Felica Nubern's leg.

"Police shot up in the air, a warning signal to get off of me. Then, he ran toward my friend," Felica said.

The officer then shot the dog several times, eventually killing it. Felica Nubern credits the officer with saving her life.

"If they police officer wasn't there, the dog probably would have eaten me up," she said.

The dog did not have a collar, and police say so far, an owner has not come forward.

Residents in the neighborhood say they first saw the dog Saturday. They believe the pit bull is probably a stray.

Animal control officials says the dog will be turned over the health department for rabies testing.

All six victims have been treated and released.


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