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A five-year-old girl received eight stitches after a pit bull bit her at about 1 p.m. on Sunday at a residence on May Street behind McDonald’s off of State Street.

Awlynn Johnson was at a neighbor’s house when the dog bit her daughter, said the girl’s mother Jessica Rooney.

“We have girls the same age and I let them play together,” Rooney said. “They’ve been over there plenty of times, but the dogs were usually put in cages in the past.”

Rooney had gone over to talk to the neighbor, but when she went over there she noticed that the dog was out of its cage. Rooney’s mother has pit bulls so Awlynn walked up to the dog with her hand out, but the dog jumped on her and bit her face.

Grateful that Awlynn is OK. She doesn’t blame the dog, but she still feels bad that the incident happened.

“I thank God that she is OK,” Rooney said. “But this could have been way worse, pit bulls usually don’t stop. Luckily he just bit her and left… still it was scary and if it would have been up an inch or two, she could have lost her eye.”

Rooney also doesn’t blame the breed of dog. She said a cocker spaniel could have also bitten her daughter.

“I hate that they have such bad reputation, but also… it is what it is,” she said. “I also don’t think she’s a bad dog owner…she does have five kids of her own, and the dog has never done anything like that to her kids.”

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.