A church has established a fund to assist the family of a 5-year-old girl who was mauled by a pack of dogs in Fontana.
Apostolic Church in Fontana, the church Destiny Colon and her family attend, has agreed to accept donations while the girl’s mother, Josie Arellano, stays by her daughter’s side at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
“The family is in great need,” said Timothy Day, a Claremont attorney hired by the family.
Destiny suffered severe bite wounds, a broken rib cage and a punctured lung when four pit bulls and one pit bull mix escaped a yard and attacked Destiny and her family on Feb. 1.
One of the dogs was killed when it charged at an officer. The owner of the dogs surrendered the animals to Fontana police, who turned the animals over to the San Bernardino Animal Control Shelter.
Police were waiting until the surviving dogs are euthanized before submitting the results of their investigation to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, said Fontana police Sgt. Jeff Decker. The case might be reviewed as early as the middle of next week.
“(Detectives) still have some loose ends that they’re working on,” Decker said.
Destiny has been removed from a respirator and was listed in fair condition on Monday, said officials at the Loma Linda hospital. Doctors have not provided an estimate on when she will be released.
Destiny’s older sister, Princess, and her 6-year-old brother have been
released from the hospital and are recovering at home, Day said.
Her sister is using crutches to move around. Her brother, who needed more than 200 staples to close up the wounds on his leg, has not returned to school.
Day said the family has not made any concrete plans on taking civil action against the former owners of the dogs. They’re waiting for Destiny and her siblings to recover and are also trying to obtain a copy of the police investigation.
“Then we’ll make decisions regarding how the family is going to move forward,” Day said.