A three-year-old Vietnamese girl was hospitalized for severe injuries after she was brutally mauled by a pit bull near her home in Hanoi last week, doctors said on Wednesday.
The toddler was admitted to the Xanh Pon Hospital in Hanoi on March 21 with multiple flesh wounds and a broken left thigh, said Nguyen Nam Giang, a doctor at Xanh Pon.
She was in a state of trauma at the time of hospitalization, Giang said.
According to her mother, the girl was riding a training bicycle near her home in Phu Xuyen District on March 21 when a pit bull from a neighbor’s house freed itself from its chains and attacked the toddler.
The dog, which weighed around 25 kilograms, grabbed her by the leg and did not let go until local residents threatened it with knives and hoes.
Dog bites left on the girl’s thigh measured up to ten centimeters deep, Giang said.
Doctors performed surgical excision to affix the broken thigh bone.
She was also vaccinated against rabies.
Pit bulls are the common name for a breed of dog descended from bulldogs and terriers.
Earlier this month, a nine-year-old boy from the northern province of Yen Bai had his genitals bitten off by a family dog.
Vietnam reported two deaths from dog attacks in 2018.