Wednesday, June 30, 2010

5-year-old girl recovering after being attacked by a dog


A 5-year-old girl is recovering after a Rottweiler/Pit Bull mix dog repeatedly attacked her.
The Marshfield Police Department says it happened around 10 on Tuesday night. Officers responded to the 500 block of W 5th Street in Marshfield. When they got there, they say a 5-year-old girl was near the side of the road with numerous wounds to her arms and legs. Officers say the dog was clearly agitated, and it began attacking the girl again. The department says one of the officers jumped on top of the dog in attempt to get the girl free. A second officer arrived on scene moments later and was trying to stop the dog by use of his sidearm, but couldn’t do so because of how close the girl and other officer were. Officers say moments later, the dog was pulled free from the girl, but it broke free from the grip of the officer and attacked her once again in the yard.
Officers then used a taser on the dog, which caused it to pause but not let go. A third officer then arrived on scene and was able to shoot the dog with one .40 caliber round while in the front yard area of the home. Officers say the dog briefly let go of the girl, but then continued to attack her. A second shot was then fired by the same officer, killing the dog.
The department says the girl had numerous injuries. She was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital Emergency. She was stabilized and admitted. Two others were injured due to dog bites. The 33-year-old father of the girl and the 21-year-old female caretaker of the dog were also hurt. Both parties were treated and released.

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