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Community raises $23K to get prosthetic ears for little girl attacked by dog

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With a pancake fundraiser and lots of support from her community, a little girl who was attacked by a dog last year is now on her way to getting prosthetic ears.

It's been a long recovery for Arial Harrison.

It's been a little over a year since the little girl was attacked violently by a dog in Cass County. The attack left her without her ears. Scars remain on her face and her head wrapped to protect the skin grafts.

Her mother, Kendra, said it's been emotional hearing her daughter ask why she can't wear sunglasses properly.

"She'll put them on her nose and she's like 'They won't stay. I don't have ears.' And I'm like 'You'll get them, you'll get them. You'll have ears,’” Kendra Canen said.

Canen also said she's concerned how other kids will treat her when she starts school.

"She'll just look away, she doesn't like talking to people because they look at her different,” Canen said.

Locke said the pancake breakfast will make sure she doesn't have to worry, but he never expected it would raise more than $11,000.

"A girl getting ready to start kindergarten should have to worry about buying new shoes or new clothes or making sure they have enough crayons. And she's worried about ears,” said Chief Jeff Locke with the Cass County Fire Department.

Through combined fundraising efforts, the community has raised more than $23,000. Locke said the donations have even poured in from across the country.

"A letter from a lady in Arizona wishing her well, put this money towards her,” Locke said.

Canen said she's blown away by all the support her daughter has received. She said she's been envisioning what Arial will look like with the new ears.

"She'll look normal, like she did before the attack. She'll have something there instead of just holes,” Canen said.

Although the money has been raised, doctors said Arial must wait over a year before she can get them.\

"He says until she's five because then she will understand that she has to take care of them. That it's -- if you don't take care of them, they won't look good and they won't be any good,” Canen said.

The family's insurance had denied funds for the prosthetic ears and called it a "cosmetic" issue.

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