A 3-year-old girl is recovering in the hospital Saturday after a dog attack in Florida City.
The incident happened Friday around 8:20 p.m. on Northwest 12th Street and 8th Place. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the toddler suffered multiple bites.
The 3-year-old is identified by family as Sani Julian. Initial reports indicate she was attacked by a mastiff mix.
The child was airlifted to Kendall Regional Hospital. She was undergoing surgery. Her condition was unclear.
Officials said the dog escaped from a neighbor's home and attacked little Sani while she was with her father. The 3-year-old's father told NBC 6 they were going to buy milk when the dog targeted his daughter. The father said he tried to get the dog off of the toddler. He suffered a minor injury on his leg.
The mastiff mix is said to be about 75-80 lbs. The canine is now in the custody of Animal Control. The dog will undergo DNA testing and officials will determine what will happen next.
Animal Services said it will charge the owner of the mastiff mix for not properly securing the dog, having no rabies shot and biting a child.
Officials have not released the identity of the dog's owner.