LEAGUE CITY — The 2-year-old girl injured when a pit bull attacked her and her mother Monday had surgery on her face and head and is recovering, friends and co-workers of the family said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the girl’s mother, Chelsi Camp, who suffered bites to her arms as she tried to protect her daughter during the attack, was treated and released from Memorial Hermann Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Camp remained at the hospital as her daughter recovered from her surgery. The hospital was unable to confirm the girl’s condition.
The attack happened in an apartment at the Avana at South Shore complex, 2800 East League City Parkway, in League City at about 8:45 a.m. Camp works as one of the complex managers.
Members of the management of the complex and friends went to social media to update people on the girl’s progress, and a mothers’ group started a prayer circle.
League City police spokeswoman Reagan Pena said the pit bull belonged to Camp’s boyfriend, but officials did not release his name. Officers had to shoot the dog to stop the attack, Pena said. The dog survived the shooting but later was euthanized, Pena said.
Camp told officers the attack started in the front of the apartment. She said she pulled her daughter away from the dog, but it chased them into a bathroom.
Camp fought to keep the dog away as she called 911 for help, Pena said. The dog kept biting at the girl until police arrived and an officer shot the dog.
League City Police are not pursuing criminal charges in the case, but the city’s animal control division has started an investigation.
Kim Schoolcraft, head of the city’s animal control, had not responded to The Daily News’ request Tuesday for confirmation that the dog was properly registered with the city. City ordinances require dogs to be registered with the city’s animal control.
Monday’s dog attack was the fifth confirmed incident in the county since December 2012. All but one were attacks by pit bulls.
On Dec. 12, 2012, a 2-year-old San Leon girl was taken by air ambulance to the University of Texas Medical Branch after a neighbor’s dog attacked her.
In April, a 63-year-old Texas City man said he and his terrier were attacked by a pit bull while they were out for a walk.
In September, a woman claimed a pit bull attacked her and her Labrador as they jogged on Galveston’s West Beach.
That same month, sheriff’s deputies said they had to shoot an attacking pit bull that was roaming unrestrained in the yard of a home as they initiated a drug raid in Bacliff.
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