Rumford teens still recovering after dog attack
LEWISTON (WGME) -- On Wednesday, 17-year-old Vicki Mitchell and 18-year-old Ashley Mitchell were brutally attacked by the next door neighbor's pit bull.
On Thursday, they spoke with CBS 13 over the phone about their horrific experience.
"It all started when we saw the dog enter the house," Ashley Mitchell said.
Rumford police say on Wednesday around 10:30, they got a call to a duplex residence on Erchles Street in Rumford, with reports of multiple people being attacked by a loose dog.
"We've seen the dog before. It lives next door, and usually we see it in the window," Vicki Mitchell said.
Police say that the dog broke out of the house, and found it's way over to the Mitchell's home.
"When we first saw him he was so sweet. He licked my face, we fed him, gave him water, and just like that he snapped," Ashley said.
They say the dog continually bit around their legs, causing severe gashes, and in some cases full chunks of flesh to be ripped off.
"I didn’t know if I was going to make it," Ashley said.
Their mother Alicia Mitchell was also bitten trying to shake the dog off of them. She says that she now has more than a dozen staples in one leg.
"Oh my god was it horrifying,” Alicia Mitchell said.
Both teens say they're thankful for the community members that came together to help them.
“I’m grateful, like, if it wasn’t for the neighbors who came when my sister screamed for help, she would have lost her leg because he would have taken it completely off," Vicki said.
They say that they don't blame the dog, and are fearful what the state will do to it.
“I just feel sorry for the dog, I just don’t want [the police] to make it seem like [pit bulls] are bad," said Ashley.
“I’m not blaming the dog, the dog is raised as it’s owner raised it," Vicki said.
Their mother tells CBS 13 she will not be looking into legal action against the property owner, but will be pressing charges against the dog's owner.
Rumford police say the incident is still under investigation.