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Dog bites Austintown girl in face



Published: Thu, August 14, 2014 @ 11:43 a.m.

AUSTINTOWN

A 6-year old girl was bitten by a neighbor's dog Wednesday night.

A resident of the 300 block of South Edgehill Avenue reported to officers that her daughter was playing in a neighbor's yard on the same block at 8:58 p.m. Wednesday.

The report said an officer observed the 6-year old to have a "severe laceration to the left eye and face" and a puncture wound to her right upper arm and her right shoulder.

The girl was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment.

The dog's owner said the girl was over playing in his yard with a 9-year old American Staffordshire dog and the dog was on a leash in the front yard. The owner thought the girl had gone home and heard the girl scream and found the injuries.

The owner said the dog is up to date on all shots and vaccinations.


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1123goz(580 comments)posted 1 month ago

"American Staffordshire"
Is that the PC term for Pit Bull?

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2maxi(73 comments)posted 1 month ago

Glad I have a 6-foot fence. For my privacy and for my dogs. Keeps the kids out of my yard.

Any dog will bite when a child (or adult) gets in its face, regardless of the breed.

Lesson learned for dog owner and parent(s) of the 6-year old, hopefully.

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3123goz(580 comments)posted 1 month ago

Any dog CAN bite, only SOME will bite.
Let's be honest, some breeds are more apt to than others, maybe for no apparent reason.
You are right though, hopefully lessons learned here.

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4frankie52(1 comment)posted 1 month ago

Let me start by saying this was my closest friend and her daughter that this happened to so I may be a little one-sided on my feelings but please do not blame the dog, the little girl, her mother or the dog's owners. It was a very unfortunate situation that happened that all are in shock as to the why of it. This little girl has some difficult times ahead of her healing the scars left on the outside and overcoming her fears left inside. Please don't spout anything about lessons learned or types of dogs or such. No one involved needs to hear or see such negative things. We all have had something happen to us in our lives that we wish we could do differently and this is no different. Just say a little prayer that this little one with a beautiful smile pulls through this all with her smile intact and no fear in her eyes. Everyone feels horrible at the incident and is concentrating on helping this little one recover as painlessly and feeling loved by all as possible. Please just wish her well and leave it at that!

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