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Girl attacked by dogs speaks publicly about dog owner's sentence

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A 10-year-old girl who was seriously injured in a pit bull attack is speaking publicly for the first time about how she thinks the owner of the dogs should have been punished.

Erin Ingram had to have part of her left arm amputated after the attack back in March of 2010.

"I think she should have went to jail for life because I was close to death," said Erin.

Last Friday night, a judge sentenced the dogs' owner, Twyann Vaughn, to 16 months behind bars.  But young Erin Ingram said she should have a much longer sentence.

"I still like dogs," said Erin. "I just don't like the vicious ones."

"Whether it was 48 months or 16 months," said Erin's mother, Tawonna Ingram. "Either way, it's not going to be justifiable for the injuries Erin sustained."

The three-day trial took a toll on the Ingram family. Before the trial was over, Erin relived the terrifying event over and over in her head and suffered terrible nightmares.

"I haven't had bad dreams ever since she went to jail," said Erin.

Erin had strong words for anyone who owns dogs.

"Not to teach your dog how to fight, at least just try to teach them how to be protective," Erin said. "If you're not going to lock up your dog you can at least put them in the house or lock them in the room or something."

Erin fought an uphill battle after the attack, but after months of rehabilitation, she now focuses on just being a kid.

"I get to go swimming, I get to go the park and on the playground and things, and I get to hang out with my friends," said Erin.

Erin said that when she grows up she wants to become a math teacher, but for now, she loves to play soccer with her friends.

When Vaughn is released from jail she'll still face three years of probation and has to serve 240 hours of community service. 

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