Lake Forest mother shoots dog that attacked daughter in front of home

LAKE FOREST — The mother of a 6-year-old girl shot a dog that had attacked the child in her driveway today.

Authorities received a 911 call at 10:49 a.m. about the dog attacking the girl in the 22000 block of Marylhurst Court, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

She was playing with her 3-year-old sister in the driveway of their home when the dog knocked her down and bit her on the shoulder, left leg, face and arms, Amormino said.

"The dog was originally reported as a pit bull, but there's some question now whether it's a mix,'' he said.

The girls' mother heard both her daughters screaming and rushed outside, where she, her 14-year-old son and a woman neighbor tried to get the dog away from her 6-year-old, Amormino said.

"I saw the dog on top of the little girl. She was curled in a little ball,'' neighbor Lisa Horner told KCAL9."It was just horrifying.''

The girl's brother punched the dog several times, while the neighbor sprayed the animal with Windex, but nothing was effective, Horner said.

``I thought the Windex would work, I thought the shovel would work, but nothing seemed to work,'' Horner said. "I've never been more scared of a dog.''

The mother, who also had her year-old child with her, gathered up the three children and ran inside the house with the dog nipping at the baby's pants leg, Amormino said.

The dog took up a menacing position on the porch, so she got a 9-mm Glock and shot the canine once in the neck, Amormino said.

The dog staggered over to the sidewalk and spent about 10 minutes in a pool of blood before getting up and scampering between two homes, where deputies cornered it, Amormino said.

The dog was taken to a local veterinarian's office and the girl was treated by paramedics, Amormino said. Her parents planned to take her to the family physician for further treatment, he added.

Neighbors told investigators the dog has been seen around the neighborhood acting aggressively, but they don't know the identity of the owner, who could be cited by animal control if located, Amormino said.

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