A mother and 4-year-old daughter from Burleson were treated and released from Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco after a weekend dog attack in Lorena, according to Lorena Police Chief Tom Dickson.

The two were identified as Braulia Ortega, 30, and her daughter, Emily Marie McDonald. The dog was being held in Lorena pending transfer to the Waco Animal Shelter for observation.

In a release, Dickson said city police, fire department and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the Brookshire Brothers grocery store parking lot, 406 N. Frontage Road, about 12:25 p.m. Saturday.

They found the child was bitten in the face and the mother in the face and hands by a dog that a local woman had taken in as a stray about 10 days to two weeks ago and advertised on Facebook, he said.

The Burleson family answered the posting and had arrived to take the dog, described as a possible pit bull-mastiff mix, when it turned aggressive and attacked the newcomers.

“At this time, we cannot confirm that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies,” Dickson said. “In March 2014, there was a confirmed case of rabies in the city limits of Lorena involving a dog.

“There is a tremendous problem with irresponsible people that dump stray animals in rural areas of the county. We would recommend that anybody rescuing an animal make sure that it is seen by a veterinarian prior to trying to place the animal or use the services of an animal rescue shelter.”

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