PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local family hopes that the owner of a dog that bit a little girl comes forward so she doesn’t have to go through the painful process of getting rabies shots.

Christina Russell says her 8-year-old daughter, Ashley, was walking along Banner Way in Lawrenceville Friday night when she was bitten.

Ashley’s bite wound was not deep and is almost healed. The dog bit her on the cheek. The problem is the bite pierced her skin, drawing blood.

If the dog is not found, she will have to go through a series of rabies shots.

“I’m worried that she might have a serious reaction to the shots such as paralysis or high fever or anything like that,” Russell said.

Concerned about Ashley’s safety, doctors have to start giving the shots in approximately 24 hours.

“I’m asking anybody if they know anything about this if they could please just let us know that their dog has its shots, that it’s a healthy dog, so that our daughter doesn’t have to go through this,” Russell said.

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