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7-year-old in Fitchburg pitbull attack needed 100 stitches

A 7-year-old Fitchburg girl was rushed to a trauma center after suffering serious injuries Monday night when a pitbull attacked her, a fire official said.

The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. at 77 Academy St., said Fitchburg Fire Chief Kevin D. Roy in a phone interview.

“We believe it was a pitbull,” Roy said of the dog, adding that the child sustained “multiple lacerations” from bites on her arms and back. The chief said officials believe the dog belongs to a neighbor. He didn’t have details on the circumstances of the attack.

The girl’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Roy said, but she was taken to the trauma center at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.


The child’s mother, Gesenia Corales, told Boston 25 News that her daughter was “covered in blood, she was just yelling, she was crying. When I picked her up, I felt like she came out of a pool of water.”

Corales told the station her daughter needed 100 stitches, but doctors say she’ll eventually recover. Corales couldn’t be reached for further comment.

Attempts to reach Fitchburg police for comment weren’t successful.

Roy said fire officials believe the dog belonged to a neighbor.

Monday’s attack came after a 7-year-old boy was fatally mauled by a pitbull in Lowell in October. On Nov. 19, a pitbull in Amesbury attacked a police sergeant and then fled, prompting a shelter-in-place order for residents of a condo development that lasted for several hours.

The dog ultimately returned home and was placed in quarantine.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.