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2 pit bulls attack girl week after brother bit

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — A Tuscaloosa County fourth-grader was bitten by two pit bulls on the way home from her bus stop in the Hull community — a week after the same dogs attacked her younger brother.

Matilynn Williams had gotten off her bus from Englewood Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon when the dogs charged her.

Her mother, Sandretta Williams, heard her screams as she was walking to meet her.

"I started running toward her," Williams said. "(The dogs) let her go when the daughter of their owners called them back to the house where they live."

Matilynn received stitches at DCH Regional Medical Center.

A week ago, Matilynn's brother, second-grader Matthew Patton, 8, was bitten by the dogs while riding his bicycle in the community just west of Alabama Highway 69 in South Tuscaloosa County.

He found a cigarette lighter on the ground and lit it to scare one of the dogs off.

A neighbor chased off the other. Matthew was treated for four bites on his arm and two on his legs.

The dogs' owners surrendered the female dog to sheriff's officials to be euthanized. They apparently haven't yet surrendered the male dog, the newspaper said.

County animal control officer Terry Vaughn said the pit bull will be tested for rabies and held 10 days.

Tuscaloosa County's law says dog owners must keep their pets on their property or keep them under control when they're off the property.

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