JACKSON, Miss. — A facebook page for a little girl mauled by three pit bulls in April while she was visiting her grandfather has gained many new followers after the 3-year-old was reportedly asked to leave a KFC restaurant because her scars upset other customers.
As of 10 a.m. Monday morning, there were almost 69,000 followers on the facebook page (Victoria’s Victories) established after the incident at the restaurant.
Victoria Wilcher needs regular medical treatment because of her injuries. 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.
Her grandfather, Donald Mullins, and his girlfriend were arrested on child endangerment charges, WAPT reported.
“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.
When social media users learned that the restaurant employees acted on behalf of other customers who couldn’t look at her, they opened fire on KFC, calling for a boycott. An apology from the chain came quickly.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
The three dogs that attacked Victoria were killed.