HALL COUNTY - A 5-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after she was bitten multiple times by the family’s dogs inside a home at the 4100 block of Brown Bridge Road.
Hall County Animal Control Director Mike Ledford said the girl, Kadence Johnson, was conscious and responsive when she was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. From there, she was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, according to Capt. Zachary Brackett, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.
Kadence’s mother Jessica Johnson said the girl walked out through the back door toward the pit bulls.
“My kids have grown up with them,” Jessica Johnson said. “They’ve never done anything like this.”
Jessica Johnson said Kadence had injuries all over her face and neck, and the 5-year-old will need more surgeries.
“My husband found her, and he ran inside with her in his arms,” she said.
Ledford said three dogs — described as pit bull-mix breed — were taken away by Animal Control. According to a post by Kadence’s aunt, Tiffany Beloin, on a fundraising page, the dogs have been euthanized.
“Everybody’s upset and in shock, but we’re hoping for the best,” Jessica Johnson said.
Investigators spent more than an hour looking and photographing areas outside the home’s chain-link fence.
The case remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control, according to sheriff’s spokesman Scott Ware. He said charges, if any, are pending further investigation.
Ware said sheriff’s deputies notified the Division of Family and Children Services of the incident.
A fundraising page was set up for Kadence at gofundme.com/please-help-my-niece-kadence.
Times staff writer Carlos Galarza contributed to this article.