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3-year-old who survived dog attack needs prosthetic ears; community steps in to help

A local community banded together to support a young girl who survived a gruesome dog attack.

The Central Cass Fire Department is raising money for a special operation to get 3-year-old Arial Harrison prosthetic ears, as she continues to recover from severe injuries after she was attacked by a pit bull terrier in 2017.

"We've had a long year," Kendra Canen, Arial's mom, said.

In that time, Canen has worked to rebuild her 3-year-old daughter's life after the attack. Harrison lost her ears and most of her head is a skin graft. Canen said Arial was playing on the trampoline at her grandma's house last April when the neighbor's pit bull attacked.

"I'm guessing the dog had snatched her by her head, her hair or something," Canen said.

The case went to trial, but Canen feels there was never any justice.

"The owner of the dog was acquitted," she said. "We're grateful she's alive. Moving forward, we live day-by-day so we have good days and we have bad days."