Philadelphia Girl Viciously Mauled and Dragged by Raccoon Gets Over $23,000 in Fundraiser

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'Zombie raccoons' in Ohio have scared residents. This photo taken on August 17, 2017 shows raccoons unaffected by distemper at a zoological park in Amneville, eastern France. Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty

A fundraiser for an infant mauled by a raccoon in Philadelphia has raised almost $23,000 in three days, as strangers rushed to the aid of Jourini Black and her family after the widely reported attack.

The baby's mother, Ashley Rodgers, set up the GoFundMe page for the four-month-old child and her family after the attack on December 20. The original goal was $2,000, but more than 500 people have contributed to her cause.

The attack happened when Black was asleep in her room while her mother took Black’s older brother, six-year-old Jordan, to the toilet.

Rodgers told CBS Philly she heard loud noises from the bedroom then saw a raccoon running down the stairs in the property. She said she found her daughter mauled and dragged across the floor.

“My daughter was laying on the bed sleeping and I went to take my son to the bathroom,” Rodgers said. “We heard a sound upstairs and we see a raccoon run down the steps.”

“When I finally got to her, she was laying on the floor so it had dragged her off the bed, across the room, and she was bleeding and crying and her whole face was red,” she continued.

Black needed 65 stitches following the attack and had four hours of surgery. Rodgers told CBS that doctors said it would take over a year for her to recover. Images of her shocking injuries spread across the internet as details of the story were reported.

The family had only lived in the apartment for a few days when the attack happened. Residents had reportedly complained previously about a raccoon infestation. The city’s authorities told CBS that the homeowner did not have a rental license and therefore could possibly have been renting the property illegally.

The fundraiser will help Rodgers and her children find a safer residence to live in the city. Despite the fundraiser, the family still intends to take legal action against the homeowner.

“It is his responsibility. There’s no reason an animal should have gotten into the house with minors,” Rodgers said.

The landlord told CBS Philly that the situation had been resolved and to contact his lawyer; however, he did not provide details, according to the news outlet.