The little girl who was attacked by a big dog apparently had no reason to think danger was right around the corner.
"It appears that the child was at the house wasn't playing with the dog or doing anything with the dog, the dog just attacked her," said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Spokesman Ronnie Rivera.
"From what I understand from her father she had a bite in the back of the head and the dog grabbed onto her like this from the side," said Hillsborough County Animal Services Investigator MJ Maruca.
Investigators say her mother had to step in to save 8 year old Sade Carter.
"The mom had to pull the dog away from the child," said Rivera.
Carter was taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive.
The dog, an American Staffordshire Terrier, was taken to Hillsborough County Animal Services.
The family says they were watching him for another family member.
An investigation will determine the dogs fate but Animal Services investigators say there's a chance this all could have been prevented if the dog had been neutered.
"I would say the majority of the bites that I deal with are from animals that have not been altered, they have not been spayed they have not been neutered," said Maruca. "The hormones have a very, very powerful effect on their behavior."
Tenicia Taylor lives down the street from where the attacked happened.
She says Sunday's attack really hit home.
"It's kind of scary because like I said, my son goes in there and be in the house with them all the time," said Taylor.
Luckily Sade, who Taylor describes as a "sweet little girl," is going to survive.
Animal services investigators say this incident should serve as a lesson to dog owners everywhere.
"There are so many bites that could be prevented just by fixing them," said Maruca.
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