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5-year-old hospitalized after Lubbock dog attack

BBy Robin Pyle | Avalanche-Journal
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A 5-year-old girl was hospitalized late Tuesday morning after a family member's dog bit her.

A black chow mix ripped a portion of the girl's ear from her jaw, requiring numerous stitches, said Roy McCalib, Lubbock Animal Service's criminal investigator. It was unknown if she remained in the hospital Tuesday afternoon or if she would suffer permanent damage to her ear.

The dog was taken into custody and will be quarantined for 10 days. Its fate will be decided in a dangerous-animal hearing, and the girl's aunt could face felony charges, McCalib said.

The child, whose name wasn't released, was in the family's backyard in the 3000 block of East Second Street when she was bitten. The dog was chained up in her aunt's backyard, which is located next door but is not separated by a fence.

McCalib said the child went up to the dog and may have been either trying to play with or pet it when she was bitten. Officers have no indication the child was taunting the dog.

Authorities didn't yet know if there was adult supervision in the backyard when the child was bitten.

Family members told officers the dog had shown aggression to strangers in the past but never to family.

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