Darby Bicking

While attending a youth horse-riding camp on August 18, 2020, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, an 8-year-old girl was in a grassy area encircled by chairs when a 95-pound English Mastiff dog bit the 60-pound girl. The girl screamed out for help, which prompted Darby Bicking, a 15-year-old high school student from Coatesville who was in a nearby barn to step in front of the dog to separate it from the girl. The dog released its hold on the girl and shifted its attention to Bicking, 4-foot-11 and 110 pounds, biting her on the left arm. Bicking attempted to push the dog away with her right arm but the dog would not release her. She reached for a chair but the dog bit her left leg and dragged her to the ground. Bicking screamed for help and the center’s director responded, grasping the dog by its collar and leading it to a stall inside the barn. Both the girl and Bicking were taken to the hospital for treatment, where they each received stitches for bite wounds.