RUMFORD — The day after her two teenage daughters were hospitalized after being attacked by a pit bull in Strathglass Park, a Rumford mother said Thursday one of the girls was coming home but the other faced a second operation on her leg.
Alicia Mitchell spoke by telephone from Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where she was visiting her daughters who were sharing a room.
She said her younger daughter, Vicki, 17, would be heading back with her to their Erchles Street duplex, but Ashley, 18, whom Mitchell described as having “a big hunk of flesh hanging from her leg” after the attack, will require more surgery Friday.
Police received a call at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday from an Erchles Street resident, who said a pit bull was attacking a neighbor and not letting go of her leg, according to Chief Stacy Carter.
Mitchell and her daughters live in the left side of the duplex. The dog got loose from the residence on the right side.
Mitchell said the pit bull got out through a broken door, and then ran through a broken fence.
The pit bull bit Vicki, then Ashley. Their mother tried to intervene and was also bitten.
“I sprayed the dog in the eyes, thinking it would let go,” Mitchell said. “He did let go for a brief moment, and that’s how I got bit.”
She said they had not encountered the pit bull previously.
“We’d never seen that dog out loose before,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said she had not heard from her neighbor, the pit bull’s owner, and that the dog is quarantined for another 15 days. She also said she had not heard from the landlord of the duplex.
Her voice quivering, Mitchell added: “I’ve been through a lot. I’m just worried about my girls getting better and coming home.”