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UPDATE: Grandmother of little girl attacked by pit bull recounts attack


by Henry Rosoff

BELLMEAD - The grandmother of the little girl attacked by her family's pit bull saw the whole thing unfold in front of her eyes.

Lorna Keesling is 18-month-old Sadie Theriault's grandmother.  She was helping her daughter Katie raise Sadie, as well as a three-year-old pit bull, all under one roof.

"I mean he's part of our family, you know, he sleeps in the same bed with me," Keesling said of the dog.

However, Wednesday night things changed.

Keesling said everyone, including Sir Muggsey, was in the living room setting up Christmas decoration.  Sir Muggsey snapped, she said.  The dog jumped on the couch and began attack Sadie.

"He freaked out," Keesling said.  "He just ran over and grabbed the baby and we had to kick him to let go of her."

The family's neighbor heard the commotion, ran over, grabbed Sr Muggsey and them him into a gated area on the side of the house.  Keesling called 911.  Sadie's worst injury was a bite to the top of her head, requiring 15 staples.

"I thank god my granddaughter is OK," Keesling said.  "She's OK, just in a lot of pain, but OK."

Keesling said she still has no idea why a dog she raised from birth, along side Sadie, attacked.  She showed News Channel 25 pictures of the two interacting.

"I don't know why he did it," she said.  "I'm just trying to figure out why he did this and I can't."

Keesling said the attack Wednesday night is devastating, and that her family did not even feel like celebrating Thanksgiving.

"We didn't do no holidays," she said.  "I don't know if we'll even do Christmas, because that's my granddaughter and Muggsey is my best friend."

The dog is currently being held by Bellmead authorities and the family will decide Saturday if it will be put down.

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