Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Lubbock, TX - A 5-year-old girl was hospitalized 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. Roy McCalib, of Lubbock Animal Services, said it was unknown if she will suffer permanent damage to her ear. The dog was taken into custody and awaits a dangerous dog hearing.
Though a less common breed, Chows consistently show up in US dog bite fatalities. The victims are frequently family members.The child was in the family's backyard 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 don't know if there was adult supervision in the backyard when the child was bitten. If not, child endangerment charges of some sort might apply. Lillian's Law will not apply because it was designed for off-property, loose dog attacks. Family members told officers the dog had shown aggression to strangers in the past but never to family.
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