Two children are recovering after Rottweilers attacked them as they were walking home from school Wednesday afternoon.
Mercedes Garcia's parents couldn't believe what they saw when they got to the hospital.
"I was surprised she was even alive," said Jose Garcia, her dad.
"I'm like, ‘Oh Lord.' The doctor's like, ‘She's okay. She's okay.' I'm like, ‘Are you sure?' It was awful," added her mom, Crystal Garcia.
The 7-year-old needed 42 staples to repair the damage done by two Rottweilers who attacked her and a friend. They were walking home from school with a group of kids when it happened.
"The big Rot had her by the head. The other by the foot, playing tug of war and stuff," Jose Garcia said.
He said one of his sons hit the dogs with a school book but it wasn't enough to stop them. A neighbor came to their rescue.
"Even though he's hard of hearing he heard the yelling. He came with a cane. If it wasn't for him, she'd probably be dead or something worse, you know," Jose Garcia said.
An ambulance took Mercedes to the hospital. Her parents met her there.
"We got there and found her laying in bed with two open wounds and puncture wounds on her arm," Crystal Garcia said.
Mercedes also had three cuts on her scalp, two which were between four and five inches long.
Jose Garcia said he's angry about what his daughter had to endure.
"It's not the dogs. It comes back to the owner. If you have those kinds of dogs you have to make sure they're confined the right way," he said.
An 8-year-old boy was also injured, but he just needed a few staples and was back at school on Thursday.
Mercedes' injuries were more severe. Her mom and dad said she's been brave through the entire ordeal, though.
The little girl is hoping to return to school on Monday, but her parents don't want her to walk home anymore.
Fort Worth animal control officers took the dogs after the attack for a mandatory 10-day quarantine. They will likely be euthanized, a spokesman said.
Their owner is facing up to $4,000 in fines because they had no rabies tags, no city license, were not spayed and neutered and were running at large.
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