6-year-old Lakeland girl airlifted to TGH after pit bull attack - WFLA News Channel 8

6-year-old Lakeland girl airlifted to TGH after pit bull attack

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Alicia Battle, 6, far right was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital after she was attacked by two pit bulls. Family photo Alicia Battle, 6, far right was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital after she was attacked by two pit bulls. Family photo
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

Doctors at Tampa General Hospital are treating a 6-year-old Lakeland girl who was attacked so severely by pit bulls, her intestines were exposed.

Alicia Battle was one of four people bitten by two pit bulls on Thursday afternoon.

"The dogs had ran over me and then they started biting me and my meat kept coming out," Alicia said, describing the attack that sent her to the hospital.

Battles was playing in the front yard of her house when it happened.

"They didn't get my face or my neck," she said, but they did leave her with wounds all around her body.

Her cousin, Carmeshia Jones, 14, was one of several people who helped fight the dogs off her.

"They pulling her back and forth like she's a tug of war or something," Jones said, Please, please just let her be ok, she's only a six-year-old," she added.

Neighbor, Sherri Tanner helped get the dogs away from Alicia's brother.

"I got the dog off the little boy and they dog attacked me," Tanner said. She suffered bites to her leg.

After the incident, Polk County authorities took the dogs in their custody. They say it's too early to determine whether or not the dogs will have to be put down.

"Until we get all of the info related to the case we won't know where we stand with that," said Craig Burke with Polk County Animal Control.

The dogs, which are named “Boss” and “Promise” are owned by Tanya Morse, 43, of Lakeland. The dogs have previously been quarantined on March 4, 2013 and Sept. 10, 2013 because of bites. Morse was cited for dog running at large and not wearing proper tags. She refused to sign the dogs away to animal control officers, according to the police report.

Jones says the incident left her and her family traumatized, "It's like you can't even go outside to the play in your own yard no more, fearing that you might get bit by a dog again."

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