Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Two Pinellas girls attacked by dogs in separate incidents

LARGO — Two young girls were hospitalized Friday after being attacked by dogs in separate incidents.

In the more serious of the two cases, a 9-year-old girl was bitten on both shoulders as she tried to protect her pet chihuahua from a pit bull.

The girl, whose name was not released, had been walking her dog on Bennett Street near Palm Avenue SW when the attack happened about 6:30 p.m., said Largo Sgt. Mark Young.

"Two dogs had been let out about a block away into their side yard," Young said. "The side yard was not fenced and they were not restrained."

The dogs, a pit bull and a Labrador, saw the smaller chihuahua and made their way to the girl. She picked up her dog and turned away. That's when the pit bull bit the girl, officials said. The Labrador ran away.

"She had puncture wounds and lacerations," Young said. "Those injuries are severe."

An ambulance took the girl to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Her condition was unavailable Friday night.

An earlier attack happened a few miles away about 5:45 p.m. Friday at 1006 Lake Palms Drive.

In that case, a Rottweiller bit a 12 year-old girl who had been playing in the street in front of the house where the dog lived, Young said. The dog's owner released the dog in the back yard, not realizing his side gate was open.

The 16-month-old, 103-pound dog ran to the girl and bit her on the wrist, back and lower abdomen. She was treated for puncture wounds at All Children's Hospital and released.

Pinellas County Animal Services took custody of the pit bull and Rottweiler.

Two Pinellas girls attacked by dogs in separate incidents 09/10/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 10, 2010 10:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. UF denies white supremacist Richard Spencer's request to speak on campus


    Citing serious safety concerns, the University of Florida has denied Richard Spencer's application to speak on campus next month.

  2. MoviePass now offers unlimited movie watching in theaters for $10 a month, here's what you need to know


    There's now a service that says it will let you watch as many movies as you want for one monthly price: MoviePass. 

    MoviePass will let customers see up to one movie, every day, for $10 a month.
  3. Former Florida prison guards in KKK convicted of plotting to kill a black inmate


    Two former prison guards in Florida who were members of the Ku Klux Klan have been convicted of plotting to kill a black inmate in retaliation for a scuffle with another guard who also belonged to the hate group.

    A jury in Columbia County found David Elliot Moran, left, and Charles Thomas Newcomb guilty of conspiracy to commit first degree murder after they were caught discussing their plans to kill a black inmate in retaliation for a scuffle with another guard who, like them, belonged to the Ku Klux Klan. [Alachua County Jail via AP (2015)]
  4. Jameis Winston's subtle but strong moment of leadership displayed on 'Hard Knocks'


    Quarterback Jameis Winston went to each teammate in the locker room prior to the Bucs' preseason opener Friday at Cincinnati with one message: 'I got your back.'

    Then he proved it.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston throws during the first half of the team's preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Friday in Cincinnati. [AP photo]
  5. Daniel Ruth: Duck & Cover? Fix a drink, instead, if a nuclear bomb ever threatens


    I am a child of the "Duck & Cover" generation.

    Threats of thermonuclear attack bring to mind the safety advice that school children received during the Cold War, driven in part by an arms race that included the first test of a hydrogen bomb. "Ivy Mike," pictured here, was  set off in 1952 on the Enewetak atoll in the Pacific Ocean. [Los Alamos National Laboratory via The New York Times]