Authorities are investigating three recent dog attacks, including two attacks on children and one in which a Pasco sheriff's deputy shot and killed a dog.
The most serious injury happened about 12:30 p.m. Monday, when an 18-month-old boy was bitten in the face by a mixed-breed American terrier, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The incident happened at 6504 Angus Valley Drive in Wesley Chapel. The child's mother, Wilma Mulligan, told deputies she saw her son feeding the dog a cookie, then as she walked into another room she heard the dog growl and bark. When she turned around, she saw her son's face covered in blood.
The child was treated at Florida Hospital Tampa for cuts to his face. It does not appear his injuries will require reconstructive surgery or cause permanent disfigurement, the report said.
Juan Prieto, the owner of the 6-year-old dog named Cletis, said his dog had never bitten anyone before, and the animal's shots were expired by "only a few months," according to the sheriff's report.
Earlier that same day, about 12:15 p.m. Monday, a 9-year-old girl was attacked by a pit bull at a friend's house, authorities said. The girl's 11-year-old brother told deputies that his sister knocked on the door of a 10-year-old friend who lives on Wind River Lane in Hudson. When the door opened, the dog attacked her, a sheriff's deputy's report said. Another resident of the home, Robert Graves, told deputies the boy was holding the dog, which got loose and came after the girl. Graves said he hit the dog in the head four times to subdue it.
The girl was treated and released from Mease Countryside Hospital. Her injuries were not life threatening, the report said.
The Sheriff's Office is still investigating a separate incident in which a deputy shot and killed a dog. The deputy was responding to a domestic call at 13731 Duck Lake Canal Road in Dade City when a dog in the home lunged at him, biting his shin and calf, according to the Sheriff's Office. The full report on that incident was not available Tuesday.
All three cases have been referred to Animal Control.