Sunday was supposed to be a day with family for 2-year-old Dionne Howard, but she spent it in the hospital instead.
The girl’s family had driven to her great-grandmother’s house in Normandy, Missouri, for a Christmas party, according to Fox2. Donte Howard, Dionne’s father, told the TV station that there was a dog near their car when they got to the house — and he “shook a coat at the dog to scare it away.”
It took just “about 10 seconds” for the dog to attack, Donte Howard told KSDK5. It then ran away after leaping at his daughter’s face and biting it.
Now, Dionne’s family wants to locate that dog — and have it euthanized, as reported by Fox2. Donte Howard had a message for whomever owns the dog.
“I would hope that they come forward, or someone that knows that dog,” he told Fox2, “so that we can put that dog down because that dog does not deserve to be on the streets whatsoever.”
Donte Howard told KSDK5 that “he believes this particular dog was trained to be aggressive.” The attack caused a large gash in Dionne’s cheeks, police say, leaving a portion of skin detached. She was treated at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, which she left on Christmas Day.
The Normandy Police Department wrote on its Facebook page that the dog is believed to be a pit bull or white boxer mix. The post also includes graphic images of the girl’s injuries.