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Three-Year-Old Bit by Pit Bull Recovering in Hospital

pit-bull-pitbull_1.jpg A three-year-old girl is currently recovering in a local Palm Beach hospital after she was bitten in the face by a pit bull on Wednesday. Rusty, the dog who bit the young girl, is in the custody of Animal Care and Control. Animal control Capt. David Walesky stated that Rusty, who is about six years old, was not up to date on his rabies vaccinations, so he is currently undergoing a ten-day quarantine to determine whether he has symptoms of the disease. According to Walesky, it is unlikely that a domestic dog like Rusty would have rabies.

Animal control is conducting an investigation into what prompted Rusty to bite the little girl. This investigation should be finished by the time the quarantine is complete. Animal control will then determine if Rusty falls into the “dangerous dog” category. Walesky stated that “the dog has been very friendly with everyone else so we don’t know why this little girl was bit. We have to look at exactly what happened.”

It was around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening when the little girl and her friend were riding their bicycles in the East Highland Pines Drive neighborhood, which is off of Northlake Boulevard. The girls saw Rusty tethered to the back of his owner’s truck on his owner’s property. At some point, the owner walked inside his home, and the three-year-old girl walked onto the man’s property towards the dog. For reasons yet unknown, the dog then bit the girl in the face. She sustained mostly soft tissue injuries, including lacerations and puncture wounds. Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue crews arrived on scene and transported the girl to St. Mary’s Medical Center. The girl remains in stable condition.

FHP: Palm Beach Gardens girl, 3, bitten in face by pit bull, www.palmbeachpost.com October 10, 2013


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