Girl, 5, injured in dog attack in Brevard

Deputies: Family dogs that may be responsible in attack quarantined

COCOA, Fla. - A 5-year-old girl continues to recover after being seriously wounded by dogs at a home near Cocoa, officials said.

Brevard County sheriff's deputies received a 911 call about a girl who was found hurt and bleeding at 4 p.m. Thursday on Burgess Avenue.

The girl was found in the yard with serious injuries to her body that were consistent with an animal attack, said deputies, who added that there were no witnesses to the attack.

Local 6 spoke to the girl's stepfather, Frank Orwig, who said he was checking on his other child inside of the home when his neighbor ran over to his house and told him the girl was unconscious.

"I ran out, picked her up, carried her in, just trying to wipe the blood off, trying to find out where it was coming from," he said.

Deputies said the girl was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital, where she underwent surgery.  She was later upgraded to good condition.

The two dogs that may be responsible for the attack were quarantined until a determination is made, the Sheriff's Office said.  Deputies said Friday that it's believed that the dog belongs to the family.

Orwig said the experience has changed his mind about having pets.

"At this point sir, I do not care," he said. "There will be no more dogs on this property."

At this time, no charges are pending, officials said, but civil infractions are being reviewed.

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