California toddler hospitalized after being mauled by pack of puppies

Felicity Peden, 2, suffered injuries after being attacked by her family's four puppies on June 3, 2022 in California.  The girl underwent three hours of plastic surgery and was recovering Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

A California toddler is recovering after her family’s pack of puppies mauled the girl this month, gravely injuring her, family members say.

On the day of the attack, 2-year-old Felicity Peden was outside with the family’s four 12-week-old puppies and her parents as the family prepared for a party, the child’s mother, Sierra Michele Peden, told USA TODAY Wednesday night .

Peden said the family adopted the mixed-breed pups in May after moving to a new home in Onyx, about 60 miles northeast of Bakersfield. She said she was told they were “some sort of Queensland Labrador, Red Heeler Pit Bull mix.”

“We had them for weeks and they’d never given us any issues with the children,” Peden said.

The mauling took place June 3, Peden said, while the girl’s father was working in the yard and her three older sisters were inside watching the family’s baby.

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Peden said after leaving the backyard, she left their home to run an errand while her husband stayed home with Felicity and her older sisters, ages 13, 11, and her 1-year-old brother. Minutes later, she got a call and learned her husband was racing Felicity to a hospital.

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