Neighbors help save girl from pit bull attack in Gert Town

Neighbors help save girl from pit bull attack in Gert Town

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A pit bull savagely attacked a 9-year-old girl in the Gert Town neighborhood.

Before Saturday, a group of friends who like to play cards outdoors near Bloomingdale Court had never met 9-year-old Tatiana Walters. But Saturday afternoon, they heard blood-curdling screams.

Tatiana recalls, "It started chasing me. It was very fast and I got back down and it started biting me all over."

Tatiana was being attacked by a neighbor's pit bull.

"I said, 'that dog got that child,' and I come down - all of us run down here," said one of the men playing cards.

The group threw bricks and even a two-by-four at the dog until finally it released its grip on Tatiana's face.

"A lot of people just came up to me, started crying, and they had to bring a lot of towels to me to hold on my jaw," Tatiana said.

Her mom, Jaquisha Walters, explains, "She has a lot of stitches in her jaw, she has puncture wounds in her neck."

The LA SPCA showed up Sunday to take a report and returned Monday to confiscate the dog from its owner.

"They weren't accepting of the fact that their dog had been involved in an incident," said humane law enforcement Supervisor Eric Durciaka.

The owner received a slew of citations - including one for failing to have the dog on a leash - and will have to go to Municipal Court where a judge will decide if the pit bull should be returned.

"If they try to pursue getting their dog back, we'll try to do everything in our power to try to fight against it," Walters said.

Tatiana's family has the support of the neighborhood and some new-found friends who call Tatiana the bravest child they've ever met.

Tatiana's family is in the process of setting up a Go Fund Me account to help pay for the reconstructive surgeries she'll inevitably need for her face.

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