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Owner may be charged for dog bites

first_imgPALMDALE – Los Angeles County animal-control officials are investigating whether a dog owner should be charged in her pit bull’s attack on a neighbor’s baby, who underwent surgery Tuesday to try to repair injuries to her face. The 10-month-old girl was in the dog owner’s house Monday afternoon when the dog bit her several times, animal control officials said. The baby was flown by helicopter to UCLA Medical Center, then transferred to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. “We believe the baby girl was visiting. The owner of the dog was present at the time, and the incident happened inside the house. We’re still investigating how the incident happened,” Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Brenda Sanchez said. “It’s very unfortunate.” The baby, whose name was not released, was said to be in stable condition Tuesday after undergoing surgery, Sanchez said. The dog, a 5-year-old neutered male, was turned over to animal-control officials by its owner and killed, Sanchez said. The dog was licensed and current on its rabies vaccination, she said. The owner’s name was not released. The attack happened between 1 and 2 p.m. Monday at a house in the 2900 block of East Avenue R-13, officials said. Animal-control officials will check department records and interview neighbors to determine if the dog had previously shown aggressive tendencies toward people or animals, Sanchez said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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