Sunday, May 20, 2018
Public safety

Girl bitten by dog is released from Tampa hospital

TAMPA — An 8-year-old girl bitten by a dog Sunday afternoon has been released from the hospital, officials at Hillsborough County Animal Services said.

The attack was reported about 2:20 p.m. at 3210 Lancaster Lane in Progress Village. The girl, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to Tampa General Hospital, said Animal Services spokeswoman Marti Ryan. The girl suffered bites to her upper body.

"We still have to interview the child, who is recovering and is obviously medicated," Ryan said Monday. "We are extremely sensitive to her needs and the needs of the family at this time."

Ryan said the attack remains under investigation. The adult male American Staffordshire terrier was taken by Animal Services to its facility at 440 N Falkenburg Road.

The girl's family had been dog-sitting the terrier.

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