KFC accused of kicking out 3-year-old girl scarred in pit bull attack

Victoria Wilcher was attacked by three pit bulls in April.

Victoria Wilcher was attacked by three pit bulls in April.

(CNN) – The outrage came hard and fast after a 3-year-old girl badly scarred and wearing an eye patch because of a pit bull attack was apparently asked to leave a KFC restaurant because her appearance upset other customers.

After social media users opened fire on the restaurant, calling for a boycott, the apology from the chain came quickly too.

The company said it will donate $30,000 to assist with the girl’s medical bills.

“The entire KFC family is behind Victoria,” company spokesman Rich Maynard said.

‘Her face is disrupting our customers’

Victoria Wilcher was mauled by three pit bulls a few months ago, causing her to need regular medical treatment. After a doctor’s visit last week, grandmother Kelly Mullins took the child to a KFC in Jackson, Mississippi.

“I ordered a large sweet tea and her some mashed potatoes and gravy because she was hungry,” Mullins told CNN affiliate WAPT.

“She was on a feeding tube at the time, but I figured she could just swallow (the potatoes). They just told us, they said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.’ (Victoria) understood exactly what they said.”

Victoria cried all the way home, Mullins said.

“She’s got a lot of surgeries to go through and she won’t even look in the mirror anymore,” Mullins told WAPT. “When we go to a store, she doesn’t even want to get out (of the car). 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.”

Anger online

Victoria’s family recounted the incident in a Facebook page set up to raise money for her medical expenses.

“Does this face look scary to you?” the family posted on the Victoria’s Victories Facebook page. “I personally will never step foot in another KFC again and will be personally writing the CEO.”

The anger spread.

“As soon as we were notified of this report Friday, we immediately began an investigation, as this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC,” the company said. “Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria’s family and are committed to assisting them.”

A horrible attack

Authorities said Victoria was attacked in April while visiting her grandfather, from whom Kelly Mullins is divorced.

One of the dogs ripped open the front door and two other dogs dragged her into the back yard, WAPT reported.

The dogs bit the girl all over, but especially on the face. She has severe facial scars and lost sight in her right eye and the ability to move the right side of her face, Mullins told WAPT. She wears an eye patch with a cartoon character on it.

The three dogs that attacked Victoria were killed. The grandfather, Donald Mullins, and his girlfriend were arrested on child endangerment charges, WAPT reported.

Meanwhile, the Facebook page got lots of attention, with almost 49,000 “likes” by early Monday morning.

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9 comments

  • iqdou

    don’t even know what to say….people are just so cruel, mean and selfish.

    ALSO — i certainly hope this darling little girl’s mother ISN’T divorced from the GRANDFATHER!!!!!

  • Barry Cooke

    Victoria you are my Hero! You Smile, still after all you been through. People in this world have to much time on there hands, and feel they need to pick on this sweet girl. Bless you and get better, You are my Hero! You have made
    me believe I can Smile again.

  • Hm.

    OK, people are waaaaayyyy too sensitive if this poor little kid’s face upset them. The scarring, though extensive, isn’t that bad. EVen if it were a thousand times worse, there is no way to excuse the actions of a bunch of ignorant idiots, and I only hope this incident hasn’t left the little girl even more scarred on the inside. The manager of that store would have gotten a ticking off they wouldn’t have forgotten in a hurry if I’d been there, I can tell you!

  • Cathy akers

    Wow, that poor little girl. Why do some people have to be so mean. It is down right sad that people now days don’t have ANY compassion for others. What if that was your child? What if you wanted to try and make your child or niece or nephew or grandchild feel better by thanking them out for a meal after a hard day. I mean come on people.. How scared do you think that child was when the dogs were on her? Huh? Shame on you all. This world has gone to the dogs. Don’t get me wrong I love my dogs. Every single one of them. But if for any reason I think any of my dogs would be dangerous for one of my grandkids they would be put up for the visit or put down if no other arrangement could be made. But I am happy that all four of my dogs love my grand babies as much as I do and will protect them. My prayers are with the little girl and her family.

  • Heather Haley

    When adults treat children like this, what are we to expect of the children watching our behavior? Shameful. This child is an angel, and lucky to be alive, God bless her, she is adorable, I hope she heals heart, and soul!

  • Mitch

    Since I was censored before. Not one curse word, just the truth. I will leave it at this….
    “The more I see of people, the more I love my dog!”

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