Jun 15, 2011 Young victim of serious pit bull attack refusing to quit

By JASON NEVEL (jason.nevel@sj-r.com)

Springfield – Two pit bulls may have chewed up her body, but they didn’t seize Harmony Dawdy’s spirit, according to her mother, Amber Dawdy.

Four days after the dogs nearly mauled Harmony to death — coming within a millimeter of her femoral artery — Amber Dawdy said Harmony’s vital signs are strong, she’s alert, and she’s even managed to laugh.

“She’s in really good spirits considering everything that’s happened to her and all the pain that she’s going through,” her mother said. “She’s refusing to quit and continues to be as happy as she can be.”

Dawdy said the two pit bulls shredded Harmony’s left leg, left gaping wounds on her right leg, ripped part of her ear off and bit nearly every inch of her young body.

Cards welcome

Amber Dawdy, the mother of dog-attack victim Harmony Dawdy, said Wednesday a fund for monetary donations has not set up for her daughter. However, people can send cards of support to:

Care of St Johns Hospital PICU – Harmony Dawdy, 800 E. Carpenter St., Springfield, IL 62769.

Non-family visitors are not allowed to visit Harmony, she said.

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