Birdsview, WA - Earlier this month, a 9-month old girl was bitten several times over two days by her grandmother's dog, causing back-to-back injuries. The grandmother, DeEtta DeZarn, was charged with assault for criminal negligence after the baby spent nine days in the hospital. Media reports labeled the dog a "Rhodesian Ridgeback and Labrador mix." But the infant’s mother is recently quoted in court documents as saying the dog is "one half pit bull."
So did the dog owner mislabel the dog or did Skagit County Animal Control? Both entities will hide a pit bull-mix under the "lab-mix" label.
Faced with a felony charge, DeZarn is now contesting that her dog is dangerous -- officials deemed the dog dangerous August 12. According to Pam Springer, head clerk in Skagit County District Court, there will be a hearing on the matter later this month. The dog first bit the infant August 1 and tore off part of her ear. The following day, Oliva DeZarn suffered multiple puncture wounds to her face, as well as two skull fractures. She was airlifted to Seattle Children's Hospital.
The girl’s family has refuted the severity of the injuries as described by the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.
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