(Richmond Times-Dispatch) When Zeus, a 68-pound pit bull, was viciously mauling 9-year-old Zora Marion last fall, tearing into the girl's flesh, she at one point looked back at her mother and said, "I'm going to die."
Her mother, Amy, said "No you're not!" as she tried to distract the dog to allow her daughter to escape. "She told me to run," Zora wrote in a letter about her ordeal to Chesterfield County Circuit Court.
As her mother got the dog's attention, incurring an attack on herself, the Chesterfield girl ran to a nearby office and pleaded for help.
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"Then I (lay) on the sidewalk waiting for the ambulance to get there," Zora wrote. "I saw a piece of skin flopping out of my mom's leg. I accidentally saw my arm and it looked awful. I was terrified I wasn't going to see my family again."