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Girl recovering after dog attack
Middlesex, N.Y. -- We first brought you the story of a toddler who was bitten by a dog on April 18.
Kianna Hilkert, who turned 3 Monday, needed four stitches after her babysitter's dog, a German Shepherd mix, bit her. The family said Kianna was minding her own business when the dog attacked out of nowhere.
"I was heartbroken," said Daryl Hilkert," Kianna's grandfather. "I walked in and saw her and my heart fell down to the bottom of my stomach."
Daryl said the feeling only worsened when he learned about the laws surrounding dog attacks.
"Unless I did the dangerous dog action against the dog, the dog wasn't even going to be quarantined outside the house," he said. "State law allows them to keep their dog inside their house, then they're free to do whatever they wanted."
The dog's owner, Ann Morse of Middlesex, decided it was best to follow Kianna's family's wishes and put her dog down.
"We regret the whole incident," she said. "This was a family dog and we'll miss her. Hopefully we did what should've been done."
"I understand our pets are like our family, and to have to put one down is not what anybody wants to do, and they know the dog was very dangerous," said Daryl.
Though Kianna may be left with some scars, her grandfather said she is healing.
As an owner of two pit bulls himself, Daryl said he was relieved to learn the resilience from his granddaughter who so far has shown no fear.
"She knows that the dog was mean and she's not petrified of our dogs or anything," he said. "That's the plus of it all."
Daryl was going to take legal action to get the dog put down, but said that is no longer necessary. He said Morse's insurance company has reached out to the family regarding medical bills.
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