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Ohio grandfather has hope for pit-bull victim

June 15, 2014
Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — The grandfather of a 6-year-old girl mauled by two pit bulls says he wants hers to become a story of hope.

Leslie McElrath Jr. says he is praying for her recovery and hopes the community sees this as an opportunity to come together. He tells The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) in a story published Sunday that the city can show how much people care as they rally behind a little girl's healing.

Zainabou (ZAN'-uh-boo) Drame (DRUH'-may) is hospitalized in a medically induced coma at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the aftermath of the June 4 attack. Doctors have begun what family members have been told could be a years-long series of reconstructive surgeries.

Police shot and killed the two dogs, whose owner was arrested on drug-related charges.



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