Young Girl Suffers 100 Bites in Dog Mauling

Japanese girl survives but will need repeated surgeries
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 7, 2014 12:30 PM CST
Young Girl Suffers 100 Bites in Dog Mauling
This image taken from a video and supplied by ONE News shows an undated photo of Sakurako Uehara of Japan.   (AP Photo/One News)

New Zealand doctors said today that a 7-year-old Japanese girl was bitten about 100 times during a dog mauling that has horrified many in the South Pacific nation. Zac Moaveni, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital, told reporters that the girl, Sakurako Uehara, would likely need repeated surgeries until she was a grown woman. He said that she would have been conscious throughout the attack and that the bites were all over her body.

"Any one of those would make you wince," he said, adding that "it's not just the bite with a dog, but it's the crush and the force that's behind it. It's a very different injury than to say a stab wound, or a cat bite." Hospital officials said the girl remained in a critical but stable condition. According to police, the girl was attacked Monday by four Staffordshire bull terrier-cross dogs in the North Island town of Murupara while her family was visiting friends who owned the animals. The dogs have been euthanized. (Another fatal mauling took place last week in New Jersey.)

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