A 13-year-old girl tragically died after she was attacked by a pack of 20 dogs.
Lyssa Rose Upshaw was walking near her home on the Navajo Nation in Arizona when the dogs attacked her. She had extensive injuries consistent with teeth marks, including abrasions and cuts on her head and neck and deep wounds on her legs.
She was found covered in dirt with her clothes torn apart after the attack, according to an autopsy requested by The Associated Press.
Her grieving mother, Marissa Rose Jones, knew dogs were to blame when she saw her daughter’s condition on May 16 but she waited for the autopsy results released by the medical examiner’s office.
“I never thought that would ever happen to my daughter,” she expressed. “She was a dog lover.”
Jones had let her daughter take a walk over a hill as long as she was back home by 5:30 pm. But when Lyssa did not return by 5:45 pm, she asked her son to search for her.
By 6 pm, Jones had also asked her sisters and cousins to look for the teen, the Navajo Times reported.
Jones said that she was bitten on the arm by a dog, a part of a pack of 20 dogs owned by her cousin’s neighbor, while she was searching for her daughter.
When she finally found her daughter, “her legs were all chewed up.”
“She was gone,” she added.
When the animal control arrived, the neighboring family hid their dogs but 12 of the canines were taken into custody.
“They hid the dogs that attacked and killed my daughter from animal control. What is wrong with these people?” Jones wrote on Facebook.
Jones said her daughter deserved more sympathy and compassion from the neighbors who owned the animals.
She has been pushing for fines and jail time for whoever is found responsible. “I’m hoping and I’m praying for my daughter to get her justice,” she added.
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