A 9-year-old girl was viciously attacked by three dogs that escaped from a rescue shelter in Oklahoma.

The girl was riding a bike near her home, when she stopped to pick up some pebbles. That's when three dogs came out of nowhere and mauled her.

The deputies of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office reached the girl's home that evening. According to court documents, there were "dog bites and several severe lacerations."

"Just from the injuries, you know the pain that she’s in and the pain that the family’s in," said Sheriff Mike Booth, quoted KFOR.

The investigators said that the girl will likely need many stitches and may have long-term nerve damage affecting her mobility.

"Even as long as you’ve been doing what I’ve been doing, it’s pretty tough to see and understand and know what that child went through," added Sheriff Booth.

According to the investigators, the three dogs belonged to Forgotten Treasure Animal Rescue. Two of them were rescue dogs whilst the third one was a family pet. Officers learned that the dogs were vaccinated against rabies, as per records shared by the animal rescue house's owners. The dogs have been or will likely be euthanized.

Such incidents can be avoided if the dog owner is immediately made aware that the animals are on the loose. Endorsing the importance of effective animal control, Booth said the government should come forward and provide funding. He also asked people to report any loose animal at sight.

More such incidents had been reported in the past. A Liverpool woman recently spoke about how she watched in horror when a pack of American Bully dogs ravaged her then 2-year-old niece, Ella, in her garden. The incident took place on May 7, 2016 and the woman said that the dogs were "tearing away at her like she was a piece of meat." Ella survived the attack but was left with irreversible injuries for life.

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In this representational image, Foxhounds are seen in their kennels at the Festival of Hunting in Peterborough, England, July 19, 2017. Getty Images/Leon Neal