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Outrage After 3-Year-Old Dog Attack Victim Is Asked To Leave KFC Due To Appearance

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Courtesy: Victoria’s Victories Facebook Page

JACKSON, Miss. (CNN, June 16, 2014) — Outrage came hard and fast after a 3-year-old girl badly scarred and wearing an eye patch because of a pit bull attack was apparently asked to leave a KFC restaurant because her appearance upset other customers.

After social media users opened fire on the restaurant, calling for a boycott, the apology from the chain came quickly too.

The company said it will donate $30,000 to assist with the girl’s medical bills.

“The entire KFC family is behind Victoria,” company spokesman Rich Maynard said.

‘Her face is disrupting our customers’

Victoria Wilcher was mauled by three pit bulls a few months ago, causing her to need regular medical treatment. After a doctor’s visit last week, grandmother Kelly Mullins took the child to a KFC in Jackson, Mississippi.

“I ordered a large sweet tea and her some mashed potatoes and gravy because she was hungry,” Mullins told CNN affiliate WAPT.

“She was on a feeding tube at the time, but I figured she could just swallow (the potatoes). They just told us, they said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.’ (Victoria) understood exactly what they said.”

Victoria cried all the way home, Mullins said.

“She’s got a lot of surgeries to go through and she won’t even look in the mirror anymore,” Mullins told WAPT. “When we go to a store, she doesn’t even want to get out (of the car). She’s 3 years old and she’s embarrassed about what she looks like. She’s embarrassed and I hate it because she shouldn’t be. It ain’t her fault.”

Anger online

Victoria’s family recounted the incident in a Facebook page set up to raise money for her medical expenses.

“Does this face look scary to you?” the family posted on the Victoria’s Victories Facebook page. “I personally will never step foot in another KFC again and will be personally writing the CEO.”

The anger spread.

“As soon as we were notified of this report Friday, we immediately began an investigation, as this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC,” the company said. “Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria’s family and are committed to assisting them.”

A horrible attack

Authorities said Victoria was attacked in April while visiting her grandfather, from whom Kelly Mullins is divorced.

One of the dogs ripped open the front door and two other dogs dragged her into the back yard, WAPT reported.

The dogs bit the girl all over, but especially on the face. She has severe facial scars and lost sight in her right eye and the ability to move the right side of her face, Mullins told WAPT. She wears an eye patch with a cartoon character on it.

The three dogs that attacked Victoria were killed. The grandfather, Donald Mullins, and his girlfriend were arrested on child endangerment charges, WAPT reported.

Meanwhile, the Facebook page got lots of attention, with almost 49,000 “likes” by early Monday morning.

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  • Dog Guy

    Did you know Obama signed a bill protecting pitt bulls ?
    its true…google it-

    btw- there are no bad dogs..just bad owners.
    Pitts are taught to be aggressive by assholes
    Pitts are the favorite victim of dog fighters.
    You put 2 and 2 together…its a michael vick kinda thing

  • Boodle

    The rumor around town is that the grandmother made the story up. She had gotten angry because some children were quietly staring at her granddaughter. Mullins asked that the staring children get thrown out and was denied. Then she got really angry and became so disruptive that she was asked to leave because she was causing a scene. So basically no employee asked Mullins to leave because of Victoria's face, but because she was causing problems at the restaurant. Then she goes to the news and twists the story around to where they were only asked to leave because of Victoria's face and the grandmother did not cause a scene.

  • Tara

    I really hope that the story was made up because that is terrible…that is one of the most adorable girls I have ever seen in my life!

  • Diana

    Even if this did happen, why would you not go into another KFC anywhere? Is KFC and every person that works in every location at fault, or is one person at fault? I feel for this child, but the grandmother is a bit off!

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