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Girl, 7, mauled by pair of loose dogs

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Hampden Township police say a seven-year-old girl was brutally attacked at random by a pair of dogs who had been let outside off their leashes Tuesday night.

The girl was walking through her own neighborhood on Mendenhall Drive with her grandfather when two American bulldog terriers escaped their yard, ran up to the child and knocked her to the ground, causing a severe injury to her left leg, police said.

The girl was rushed to Holy Spirit Hospital for emergency surgery. Police said she is expected to survive.

Officers seized the dogs and took them to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area to be quarantined for 10 days. They will be examined by a veterinarian and the state dog warden, who will then decide whether the dogs should be euthanized.

Police said the owners, who are cooperating with the investigation, may also face summary charges for allowing their dogs to run loose without a leash. They could face fines of up to $600.

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