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Toledo girl says pit bull attack was her ‘worst nightmare'

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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Big changes could be coming to the way pit bulls are handled in Lucas County.

County commissioners will meet Tuesday and could change the city's policy to allow pit bull adoptions through the Lucas County Dog Warden, even after four recent pit bull attacks.

In fact, an 11-year-old Toledo girl was just attacked around the corner from her home Sunday.

Sara Beth McAdams is tired, sore and is covered in bandages Monday night after she was attacked by two pit bulls while riding her bike through her east Toledo neighborhood Sunday.

One pit bull jumped a fence and another slipped out through a hole and started attacking her.

"I didn't get afraid until I saw the dog climbing out of a hole and (it) jumped on me and started biting me," said McAdams. "I was screaming for my dad… It felt like somebody was stabbing me, and cutting out pieces of my skin."

Good Samaritans stepped in and brought her home to her mother, Caroline McAdams, whose first thought her daughter had been hit by a car.

McAdams, bruised, cut and scraped across her arms, back and legs, got 16 stitches and spent the night in the hospital. 

The sweatshirt she was wearing is covered in blood and riddled with bite marks.

Although McAdam's mom says she is angry her daughter was attacked, she does not blame the specific breed of dog.

"I know little dogs can do big damage, any animal can do damage, just not pit bulls," said McAdams. She added that it just happened to be pit bulls that attacked her daughter.

The pit bulls' owner declined requests for an interview. One dog has been euthanized and the other is at the dog wardens.

McAdam's will likely miss several days, if not weeks, of school and may also need physical therapy.

However, she says still loves animals and even reams of becoming a veterinarian after the attack.

"My worst nightmare came true," she said. "I never wanted to be attacked by a dog. I just love animals."

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