A toddler has been left heartbroken after a service pit bull ripped her face open in a vicious attack at a restaurant.
The three-year-old cried mummy, Im ugly after the dog left her with injuries across her face following the attack in Texas.
Ronin Waldroup was bitten by the dog on Saturday, leaving her with 15 stitches.
Her mother Cleveratta Gordon-Waldroup said she found her daughter trying to cover up her injuries with makeup, fearing she was ugly.
My husband and I walked in our bedroom, and she has my makeup brushes, trying to put makeup on her face. I asked her, What is wrong? Why are you doing that? she said to local media.
For a three-year-old to turn to me and say, Mommy, Im ugly, its earth-shattering.
The childs dad told Fox19 the owner of the dog tried to place blame on the child, before allegedly fleeing the scene.
Local police are now investigating and have identified the dogs owner.
A GoFundMe has been launched to raise money for the young childs medical expenses and potential legal action.
My daughter was viciously attacked on Sat 1/9/21 afternoon by a pit bull wearing a service dog uniform, the fundraiser said.
The owner of the dog decided to run from the scene of the crime.
Im begging for justice for my little girl.
The couple wants to change the laws for service animals and training in the US.
They say their plan is to be proactive and create change out of the incident.
Whether we have to go through the courts system or take it all the way up to the lawmakers we know that with proper legal action we can change the course of action for future circumstances, the fundraiser said.