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MAHONING COUNTY Authorities search for dog that attacked Austintown girl



Published: Sun, February 16, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



The girl received 25 stitches because of the dog bite.

YOUNGSTOWN -- The brown dog that bit a 16-year-old Austintown girl's legs on Saranac Avenue may never be found, a deputy dog warden says.

One report lists the dog as a Rottweiler, another as a pit bull. A Doberman lives at the address witnesses gave police.

Sean Toohey, deputy dog warden, said he hadn't had a call on Saranac for months, until the report of a girl being bitten this past weekend.

The Austintown girl and her cousin, who lives on Covington Street, were walking on Saranac on Saturday when a brown Rottweiler attacked, police were told at St. Elizabeth Health Center. The cousin picked up a board from the snow and hit the dog, reports show.

Received stitches

The teenagers' screams alerted a neighbor, who used a bat to beat the dog. The 16-year-old girl received about 25 stitches; her cousin suffered a sprained knee and injured her hand, police said.

Toohey said the Doberman, whom he first inspected Monday, had no marks to show that it had been hit with a board or a bat. The dog warden said he made contact with the man whose mother owns the Doberman and requested that she provide registration papers.

Toohey said he was back on Saranac on Thursday and picked up a black-and-tan "nonaggressive" stray.

It's possible the dog that bit the 16-year-old girl has been removed from the neighborhood by the owner, Toohey said.

"Unfortunately, not all dog bites get solved," he said.

Toohey said he'll speak to the victim to get her description of the dog.

The girls' mothers requested that their names not be used.

meade@vindy.com




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