Byhalia Girl Recovering From Surgery After Pit Bull Attack

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Update: 10/12/12

(Marshall County) The 9-year-old girl, who was mauled by a pit bull earlier this week, is now in stable condition after undergoing surgery overnight at Le Bonheur.

Parker suffered deep cuts to the head, legs and shoulder when the dog attacked her Wednesday afternoon.

Her mother told us that she could be released as soon as today or the beginning of next week.

The dog is still in quarantine at Marshall County Animal Control.


(Marshall County) A nine-year-old girl was mauled by a pit bull. It happened around 3:45 p.m. on Pin Oak Road just south of Byhalia. The little girl, Makala Parker, is at Le Bonheur recovering from her injuries.

According to her, he had her head and he was shaking her,” Makala’s grandfather, Jeff Hughes. Hughes said his neighbors’ pit bull ferociously bit into his precious granddaughter, ripping her school uniform to shreds.

“He grabbed her in her shoulder and her legs. He put a four-inch gash behind her neck,” Hughes said.

Hughes said Makala had just come home from school when she went down the street to hang out with friends. When she opened their door the dog attacked.

“She has been around the dog a zillion times,” Hughes said. “I guess, being locked up in that bedroom all day long it got out and went nuts.”

Hughes said luckily a neighbor was walking their dog along the road, and their caught the attention of the pit bull.

“Smiley tried to get the pit’s attention and it started chasing her,” Victoria Cox said.

The pit bull bit Smiley several times.

“She had to get staples and stuff,” Cox said. “It’s really bad under her butt.”

While the dog attacked Smiley, neighbors had time to get Makala help.

“I think she’s (Smiley) kind of a hero,” Cox said.

Makala was airlifted to the hospital. Her grandfather said she’ll have a long road to recovery.

“She’s going to be sore for a while and she’s going to need stitches behind her neck,” he said. “I’m sure they’ll cut her hair off. But she should be fine.”

The dog was taken by the Marshall County Animal Control. It is in quarantine. The owner of the dog has apologized to the family.

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