10-year old girl attacked by dog

Published 5:02 pm 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.

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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.