Felicity: 2-year-old girl's face and body mutilated after being mauled by pack of family puppies
Felicity, a 2-year-old girl, was mauled by a pack of her family's puppies and is currently hospitalized with serious injuries. She faced muscle damage to her face, arms, and legs and went through plastic surgery because of the attack by the dogs.
Felicity was outside with her mother, Sierra Michele Peden, her father, Michael, her three siblings, Samantha, 13, Daisy, 10, and Daryl, 1, and the family's four 12-week-old puppies, doing yard work in preparation for a housewarming and birthday party on June 3. The incident reportedly happened within a span of ten minutes, when the parents were not around, as per an update on the fundraiser held for Felicity on GoFundMe.
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Family Warns Others of the Danger of 'Littermate Syndrome' After Pack of Puppies Maul Toddler https://t.co/zn11BPQyKg— People (@people) June 14, 2022
"At that time, to our knowledge, Felicity was never alone with the puppies. We have a doggie door, so they would come and go as they pleased. Tragically, we have all learned how everything can change in an instant when everything was going fine. We accept full responsibility and accountability for this and are incredibly grateful for all that have extended their love, prayers, and financial support," a message from Sierra reads.
"On 6/3/22 our daughter Felicity was attacked by 4 dogs. They ate her ear and mutilated her face, neck, and mainly upper body. She was life-flighted to Fresnos Children's Hospital (rated #1 in the nation) where she went through 3 hours of plastic surgery. Thanks to the amazing trauma center, the skilled doctors, and lifesaving treatments available at Children’s Hospital Felicity is recovering beautifully [red heart emoji]. However, the nightmare isn't over yet. She has a long road to recovery and many more surgeries to come," she wrote.
The family adopted the four Queensland Labrador puppies called Amarah, Negan, Gideon, and Keerah on May 22. "They had eaten her ear and mutilated her face, neck, and upper body. All I could smell was puppy slobber all over her head, which made me want to cry and I felt sick to my stomach. She was missing her hair and was covered in bandages and gauze. There were stitches in multiple places, including her lip, neck, and throat. I cried, my heart was broken and I felt like I was going to pass out – the feeling of not being able to do anything to help my baby was overwhelming," said Sierra, as per Mirror.
"We are trying to spread awareness to other families that there is something called Littermate Syndrome; this term refers to a whole host of behavioral issues that tend to present when canine siblings (Littermates) are raised in the same household beyond the normal 8 to 10 weeks of age when puppies are usually placed in separate homes. We appreciate you all so much and we thank you for taking the time to follow Felicity’s story and walk through the journey with us," Sierra concluded.
Littermate syndrome is when two puppies adopted from the same litter give more attention to each other than their adopted family. pic.twitter.com/AbSBNnyLvb— Dr. Karen Becker (@drkarenbecker) February 22, 2017
"Felicity is a strong and resilient angel able to overcome all that she has endured despite what reality is showing us now. We believe she will recover and we hope the trauma will be forgotten as she heals. There's a possibility she may start dialysis because her kidneys are failing and her body is shutting down from the trauma, but like I said, WE ARE COMMITTED TO ROOTING FOR HER TRIUMPH OVER THIS TRAGEDY AND WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN CHEERING HER ON!" Felicity's grandmother, Linnea, wrote in a message.
"Just whisper sweet words of love, light, and strength into the wind to be carried by angels to her. May every cell in her body strive for life and find it! Thank you for your loving kindness, prayers, and support. We are forever grateful. One day Felicity will cherish you all as we do," she concluded. A previous update mentions that Felicity faced muscle damage to her face, arms, and legs and will require many surgeries and a lengthy hospital stay. Her ears need multiple reconstruction surgeries too.
It's #NationalSiblingsDay. We often get asked why we don't #adopt #puppy siblings together. This great article on Littermate Syndrome explains why: ➡️https://t.co/RGe0ef293L #WednesdayWisdom #AdoptDontShop pic.twitter.com/zRaHTtUAsq— Hope Rescue (@HopeRescue) April 10, 2019
The family hopes to spread awareness about the dangers of Littermate Syndrome, a serious behavioral condition in which young dogs bond too tightly with each other. "PLEASE help us spread the word about this potentially deadly issue. The more families know the better. We don't want what happened to our family to happen to anyone else ever again. The only way to help make sure of that is to bring light to this issue. Spread the word about Littermate Syndrome!" the message on GoFundMe says.