Dogs jump fence, attack 6-year-old girl


Alicia Battles

POLK COUNTY, Fla. - A Polk County girl is recovering Monday after two pit bulls mauled her.

Alicia Battles, 6, was severely bitten on her arms, legs and stomach, doctors said.

Battles said she was playing outside her home in Lakeland when the dogs jumped the backyard fence and attacked her.

"They were dragging me everywhere," she said. "I thought they were going to be nice, but then they went towards me and started biting me."

Battles' cousin grabbed her and ran for safety even as the dogs tried to attack her.

Records show that the two dogs owned by a neighbor had been in two previous biting incidents earlier this year.