Girl, bit by unknown dog, will need rabies shots if dog is not found

Parents search for dog that attacked daughter

BRADENTON, Fla. - Fourteen-year-old Lexi Lamb only wants answers about the dog that bit her.

"I hate needles so much. Especially like the ones I am going to have to have for rabies shots," Lamb told ABC Action News Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday night Lexi rode her bike along a path behind the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. As she went to turn toward her parents' business she spotted a dog behind her.

"Next thing I knew the dog was on top of me and it was not stopping. I had my face in the ground to keep it away from the dog and I looked right up and it got me in the face," she said.

Witnesses said the dog described as a Saint Bernard was pulled off of Lexi by it's owner who offered help, but then left.

"We don't want to hurt either one of them. We just want to know the history of the dog so that the last thing Lexi needs to go through is rabies shots," said her mom Jacquie Schlitter.

Lexi is preparing for a 12-hour-straight bike race this weekend and only wants to be sure she is healthy so she can compete.

"We have a dog ourselves and we are dog lovers, but we need to find out who you are and who the dog is just so she does not have to go through this any more," said Schlitter.

If you have any information on the dog or the dog's owner you are asked to call Manatee Animal Services at 941-742-5933.

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