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Posted: 8:31 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

Pet bulldog bites girl, drags her around yard in Xenia

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By Richard Wilson

Staff Writer

XENIA —

A 7-year-old girl was taken to a hospital Tuesday after being bitten by the family pet, an American bulldog.

Xenia police and a Greene County animal control officer responded at approximately 5:40 p.m. to the home on East Church Street.

The animal control officer said the child was bitten by the pure breed dog, which he said people might mistake for a pit bull, and the injury was "bad enough to go get medical care."

Xenia Sgt. Gary Johnson said the child was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and pain in her leg.

"When we arrived the dog was sitting with the girl. The dog was not attacking her," Johnson said. "Essentially what had occurred was the little girl had taken the dog out to play. The dog became aggressive and grabbed the little girl, kind of took her around the yard a little bit pulling her by the leg."

Johnson said the neighbors saw the attack and called police. When officers arrived the attack was over and the dog was sitting outside by the victim.

Johnson said the mother came out to get control of the dog. She apparently was unaware of what happened until she saw the police cruisers.

"This was the best outcome you could have from a situation like this," Johnson said.

The dog is being home quarantined, according to the animal control officer.

He said the owner will have to appear in court for failing to control the animal and failing to license the dog.

"The owner is very aware of what happened and they're very upset about it," he said.

The quarantine is a rabies prevention measure in which the dog cannot be in contact with any new animals or people for 10 days, according to the animal control officer.

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