Family's rescue dogs maul 7-year-old in Oakland County

Deputies in Oakland County say a 7-year-old girl Highland Township was mauled by the family's rescue dogs as her 6-year-old brother watched and ran to get help.

Officials said a 7-year-old girl was bit multiple times by the family's two dogs after she opened the gate to the pen and both dogs got out. Deputies said the dogs knocked the girl to the ground and attacked and bit her.

Her 6-year-old brother witnessed the attack and ran to the house to get their mother. She came out and ran to help her daughter. She corralled the dogs back into the pen and was also bit by one of the dogs in her right triceps.

The young girl had deep wounds to her neck and was experiencing difficulty breathing. She was flown to the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

Her most severe injury is to her neck and trachea.

She's listed in critical but stable condition and is expected to recover.

Deputies said the parents take in rescue dogs and have a total of seven. These two dogs were received from a Humane Society in Pennsylvania, officials said.

Oakland County Animal Control took custody of one of the dogs. The other dog escaped under the pens fence and a trap has been set to catch that dog.

Four of the other five dogs were signed over by the parents to animal control. 

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