A pit bull that attacked a little girl Thursday has a history of dangerous behavior and will be humanely euthanized, according to Phil Peckinpaugh, director of the city/county shelter.
The incident occurred in the neighborhood of Westwood Drive, he said. The victim was going door to door when the dog got loose and bit her on the wrist and hip.
EMS personnel were not called to the scene, Peckinpaugh said, adding that he believes the child’s parents took her to the emergency room to get checked out.
The same dog was deemed dangerous last year after it had gotten loose, he said, noting that protective action steps were given to the animal’s owner to help ensure the neighborhood and the dog’s safety.
“Obviously, those protective action steps weren’t being followed,” he said, adding that whenever there is a biting incident the dog is taken into the shelter’s custody for 10 days.
Because the pit bull was involved in the other incident he will not be released back to its owners, he said, and most will be humanely euthanized within the next week.
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