Pit bull drags 7-year-old girl in ‘horrific’ Upper West Side mauling

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February 28, 2020 - 8:30 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A pit bull mauled a 7-year-old girl and dragged her by her face on the Upper West Side on Thursday.

WCBS reports that the girl had just given the dog’s owner, a homeless woman, a $1 bill before the dog attacked her near 79th Street and Broadway around 4 p.m.

The woman had been sitting on the sidewalk with her dog when the girl, who was with her mother, went up to the woman and her dog.

The dog jumped forward and grabbed the girl by her face, pulling her around as bystanders watched in horror.

“That little girl is flopping around. I mean, it was awful,” Thomas Nardini told WCBS.

Several people were able to get the dog off the girl.

“By the time I got there, they were managing to separate them. The woman, everybody by this point is jumping in, trying to, you know, shrieking and carrying on. It’s the worst, the worst of the worst,” Nardini said.

When police arrived, they rushed the girl to a hospital instead of waiting for an ambulance.

The girl is expected to be OK but will probably need cosmetic surgery, authorities told WCBS.

The dog is being tested for rabies by animal control. Its owner is not expected to face charges.