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10-year old girl attacked by dog

Published 5:02pm Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Attack occurred after getting off school bus

A 10-year old Polk County student suffered injuries following an attack by a Rottweiler shortly after exiting a school bus on Monday, June 3.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call at 168 Horse Creek Drive in the Silver Creek Community of Mill Spring.

Lt. Brett Hooper said the girl suffered injuries to her left knee and the back of her right hip. The girl was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital where she was treated and released.

Hooper said the Rottweiler came from Cold Springs Road in the same community with officers not yet locating an owner. The girl and a group of students got off the bus and the Rottweiler charged the children, with the girl being attacked, according to the sheriff report.

The dog was taken to Foothills Humane Society, where executive director Selena Coffey said the shelter is required to hold the dog for 10 days where it is currently quarantined. The dog while at the shelter is the custody of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office until the animal control officer makes a determination on the dog, such as deeming the dog dangerous. The animal control officer will also make the determination of whether or not to euthanize the dog, which can be done at Foothills Humane Society.

  • polkliberty101

    This is an awful thing for all parents to come home to!

    To all you people out there who let your dogs loose, chain em up!

    Whenever you hear about a child or old person get killed by one of these dogs the owners are always on tv saying something like ” oh killer was a sweet dog he never did anything like that before. We don’t know what happened to him! ”

    Those people know who they are don’t read the newspaper so I would say to all who do be vigilant and report any dangerous dogs on the loose wherever you live.

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