10-year-old dog attack victim needs help finding owner

Bite marks left on girl's leg after attack
10-year-old attacked by dog (Source: WOIO)
10-year-old attacked by dog (Source: WOIO)

NORTH OLMSTED, OH (WOIO) - A 10-year-old girl was attacked by a dog while playing outside in North Olmsted over the weekend.

A woman was walking the dog between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday in James Town Apartments in the Columbia Road area.

Mariah Lehto's mother said her daughter asked to pet the dog but when it got loose, it bit her on the leg, thigh and butt and dragged her.

"She is now traumatized.  She used to love dogs, loved animals, loved helping, now she doesn't want any part of it.  She's scared to death," said Sara Issa, Mariah's mom. "The woman said yes the dog was nice. Out of nowhere. It just attacked her. It wasn't just biting. It was shaking. She kept trying to get away.  She got away. She tripped. She fell. It got her again. She chipped her tooth."

The mystery woman asked if she was okay, then quickly left the scene.

"Her wounds are horrible. I have never in my life and I'm a CMA. I work in the medical field and I've never seen or ever had to clean, cared or tended to wounds to where flesh was coming out of them during cleaning," added Issa.

The girl who is celebrating her 10th birthday today now needs to know if the dog is rabid, otherwise she will have to undergo painful rabies shots.

She doesn't know the woman's name, but they are asking that she come forward. A smaller dog who was also with the woman is named Isis.

"A dog that attacks a child or anybody for that matter and can't be found and the owner can't be found, the dog is considered rabid.  I don't want my daughter to have to go through treatments that might not be necessary," Issa said.

The family is having a hard times understanding why the lady walked away from a clearly wounded child.

"I don't understand why this woman didn't stay with my daughter or try to call for help, just nothing. She just let the dog attack my daughter, d ropped the leash," explained Issa.

If it cannot be determined if the dogs has rabies or not, Mariah will have get a series of three shots. The first close to the bites, a second dose about a week later then the final dose three to four weeks after that.

If you can help identify the woman, call North Olmsted police or email Harry Boomer at hboomer@woio.com.

In 2016, North Olmsted Police took five reports involving animal bites.

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