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Little Girl Suffers Physical, Emotional Wounds After Vicious Cat Attack

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Ashlee Conley is like so many little girls. She loves princesses, animals, and all of her toys. From a distance, you can hardly tell Ashlee was the victim of a vicious cat attack.

"I think her recovery, physically, has been fabulous," Ashlee's mom, Jamie Myers said.

Up close, however, you can still see scratches cover much of Ashlee's face and body.

"She's got quite a few deep ones," Jamie said, pointing to scratches on Ashlee's face.

Just a couple of weeks earlier, Ashlee was covered in blood from head to toe, scratched all over her body, with 27 stitches from a cat attack. **The pictures her mom took of Ashlee are difficult to look at.

"The pictures were horrifying - even to me - and I was there," Myers said.

Jamie said her family has always loved animals and has fostered several cats, including nursing cats, for six years. The Myers also have three cats of their own. So when a chance to foster a cat and new litter of kittens came up, the family didn't think twice. Jamie said fostering went fine until, two weeks ago, Ashlee went to feed the mama cat some treats. That's when the cat attacked Ashlee.

Jamie said she heard Ashlee screaming so she immediately ran downstairs and saw Ashlee covered head to toe in blood.

"When mom's protect their babies, you just never know what to expect, even from just a common house cat," Jamie said.

Ashlee was still trying to make sense of why the attack happened.

"I don't know why she got angry," Ashlee said. "She just jumped on me after she got angry."

Jamie said the attack caused more than just physical wounds.

"She's having a lot of emotional struggles," she said. "The therapist that we saw this morning said she definitely has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."

Jamie said Ashlee now struggles with low self-esteem, especially at school, because of the scratches on her face.

"Everybody just keeps asking, asking, and asking," Ashlee said of her classmates. 

Now Jamie says, all her little girl wants is to look just as beautiful the princess she's always wanted to be.

Jamie said she's taking Ashlee to the dermatologist next to week to take a look at the scars. Doctors think it will likely be a year before they know if the scars are permanent.

In the meantime, the cat that attacked Ashlee was returned to the place where the Myers originally got them.

If you'd like to give Ashlee words of encouragement, just head to the Facebook and search "KHQ Local News" or "KHQ Chelsea Kopta." We'll be sure to pass along those well wishes to Ashlee and the Myers family.

**Some of the pictures of the attack contain blood and stitches and may be disturbing. Please be advised as you watch the video.

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