Little girl survives vicious dog attack, but will likely need plastic surgery

LAS VEGAS - A 4-year-old girl is recovering Tuesday night after she was almost mauled to death by her grandfather's dog. "She's a really beautiful girl," said Adan Encinias, Gianna's father. 

Gianna is a strong little girl too. Her love for animals is also noticeable. She loves going to the San Diego Zoo. On Monday, she almost lost her life. "I was told that it was just a couple stitches but when I got there it was a whole different story," he said. 

Most of the photos are too gruesome to share. Gianna's cheek was practically ripped off.

"She had a bandage on her. I asked if I could see the cut and it was just... horrible," said Encinias.

The incident happened right outside of her grandfather's house on Alta and Valley View. The dog is a Labrador retriever hound mix named Shadow. 

"She went in the backyard to pet the dog. When she did that, the dog turned around and snapped at her and took a bite out of her cheek," he said.

Encinias said her grandfather had looked away for a minute. That's how long it took. Adan is now warning others to keep a closer eye on your children. He hopes that what happened to Gianna, won't happen to another child.

Shadow was taken to the Animal Foundation, where he will be put down. We're told by family members that Shadow never bit anyone before.

A gofundme page has been set up if you'd like to help with Gianna's medical expenses.


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