Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Two children bitten in dog attacks

By Jimmy Biggerstaff, Hi-Desert Star

Dogs bit two children in separate incidents here Saturday and Monday.

The first attack occurred about 2 p.m. Saturday in the community center’s playground when a 5-year-old boy approached a 1 1/2-year-old pit bull-Labrador mix. According to a witness, the dog bit the child in the face.

The boy was flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center and the dog was collected by an animal control officer.

The animal is being held under quarantine pending a hearing to determine whether it is potentially dangerous or vicious.

At 3:38 p.m. Monday, a male shepard-chow mix was in its own fenced yard in the 6800 Palisade Way when it bit a 6-year-old family member. The girl was driven to Hi-Desert Medical Center for evaluation.

The dog is being held at the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter on a 10-day rabies quarantine.

“In Yucca Valley we have zero tolerance for dogs that display overly aggressive behavior,” Melanie Crider, the town’s animal care and control manager, said.

Two pit bulls attacked two people in Twentynine Palms early Sunday morning and two pit bulls attacked a woman in Yucca Valley July 25.

All of the attacks are being investigated.

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