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Dog bite severely injures child in Progress Village

Published:   |   Updated: May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

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An 8-year-old girl who was bit by a dog and severely injured in Progress Village on Sunday afternoon has been released from the hospital, according to Hillsborough County Animal Services.

The child was at her home in the 3200 block of Lancaster Lane in Progress Village about 2:20 p.m. when the American Staffordshire Terrier bit the child, according to animal services spokeswoman Marti Ryan.

The girl's family was dog sitting someone's pet, Ryan said.

“The mother was embracing the child and squeezing her very tight, the dog turned on the child,” Ryan said.

The child may have screamed loudly and startled the dog, prompting the attack, said Ryan, who did not know the extent or the location of the child's injuries.

The child was taken to Tampa General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and released Monday morning, officials said.

“An investigator is on scene now that will be impounding the dog and will be investigating the incident,” Ryan said.

The dog was unneutered, which could have played a role in the attack, Ryan said.

Hillsborough County Animals Services investigates roughly 2,000 dog bites a year, Ryan said, and they typically happen to children, the elderly, letter carriers or those who must go onto property to perform their work.

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