Police said the father then went to get a gun to shoot the dog, but it wasn’t loaded. That’s when he grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the dog to death to get his daughter out of its mouth.
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The news came as a shock to the father’s uncle, who lived across the street from where the attack occurred.
“She’s a cute little bunny,” Ron Goulart said. “Maybe a year old now. She’s very good. The dogs always got along with her, so I don’t know what happened.”
Police confirmed that the attack was unprovoked, and the dog had no history of violence.
The girl was airlifted to Boston Children’s Hospital where she underwent a number of emergency surgeries and blood transfusions.
She’s expected to spend several more weeks in the hospital, but her family said they are grateful she’s alive.