Florida resident Halana Hayes was certain that a pit bull that attacked her daughter at a gas station on September 25 was going to kill her child. But the Bashaw Elementary School teacher’s assistant was able to pull the dog’s jaw from her 6-year-old daughter’s hair, taking a bite to the lower back in the process. Both sustained personal injuries.

Shortly before 8 a.m. on the day of the attack, Hayes stopped at a BP gas station with her daughter, Kayla, to purchase Gatorade and water. She said that when they exited their vehicle, the dog lunged at her daughter.

Hayes said she pulled her daughter into the convenience store at the station, but the dog followed and continued attacking her. After Hayes pulled the dog away from her daughter, it began to attack her and two people in the store came to her aid, kicking the dog off of her and out the door.

Hayes then drove her daughter to Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Hayes required treatment for the gash on her back in addition to a tetanus shot. Her daughter suffered only scratches, but Hayes says she was traumatized and hasn’t spoken since the attack.

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