Jackson, Mississippi — KFC said it will donate $30,000 toward 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher’s medical bills after she was asked to leave a KFC restaurant because the scars on her face were disturbing to other patrons in the restaurant.
According to authorities, Victoria was attacked in April by three pit bulls while visiting her grandfather, Donald Mullins.
One of the pit bulls ripped open the front door to the Mullins’ home while two other pit bulls dragged Victoria into the backyard. While in the backyard the dogs shook her like a ragdoll, biting her as if they were trying to shred her apart and eat her like a piece of meat, according to reports.
According to reports, majority of the bites Victoria sustained were to her face.
Victoria has lost use of her right eye as well as the ability to move the right side of her face. In addition to the deep lacerations, Victoria also suffered a broken jaw and ribs as a result of the attack, according to authorities.
The three dogs that attacked Victoria were terminated. The grandfather, Donald Mullins, and his girlfriend were arrested and charged with Child Endangerment.
Victoria had just been released from the hospital after being there for a month recovering when her grandmother decided to take her to KFC for mashed potatoes due to Victoria’s soft food diet.
KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said, “The entire KFC family is behind Victoria.” Adding, “KFC has zero tolerance for any kind of hurtful or disrespectful actions toward our guests. We have been in touch with the family and are committed to doing something appropriate for this beautiful little girl and her family.”
The grandmother, Kelly Mullins, whom is divorced from Donald Mullins, said that Victoria heard the KFC employee ask [her] to leave because Victoria’s face was disruptive. Kelly stated that Victoria cried all the way home.
Kelly says Victoria used to be outgoing and social, but now she is so embarrassed and aware of her face that she will not even get out of the car in public places.
“She’s 3 years old and she’s embarrassed about what she looks like. She’s embarrassed and I hate it because she shouldn’t be. It ain’t her fault,” said Kelly. “She won’t even look in the mirror anymore.”
The owner of the Jackson, Mississippi KFC where the incident took place said they are investigating and appropriate actions will be taken.