PERRIS (AP) — Authorities say 7-year-old girl needed 1,000 stitches after a dog bit her face during a visit to a private animal rescue in Southern California.
The Riverside County Department of Animal Services said Saturday that the 2-year-old male Akita lunged and bit the girl at the facility in Romoland.
KABC-TV reports the child is recovering after undergoing three hours of surgery.
The news station says the girl was with her family, hoping to adopt a dog.
Due to the severity of the attack, Animal Services is working to have the dog put down.