7-year-old girl requires 1,000 stitches after dog attacks her at Riverside Co. kennel

A 7-year-old girl was hospitalized after an Akita lunged and bit her at an animal rescue in Romoland on Sunday.

The girl required over 1,000 stitches during three hours of surgery, according to ABC 7. She had been visiting the private animal rescue with her family, seeking to adopt a dog.

Due to the severity of the attack, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services is working to have the dog put down. The department said that at least five other serious bites have happened at the same kennel over the last few years.

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