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Brooksville woman bitten in face while trying to kiss 200-pound dog

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Published Jun. 20

A Brooksville woman was transported to a local trauma center early Wednesday morning after she was bitten in the face while trying to kiss a 200-pound dog.

Andrea Swartwood was bitten in the left cheek and lip area after leaning down and attempting to kiss a Bull Mastiff on the face, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Justin Norman, who shares a residence at 21440 Canal Drive in Brooksville with Swartwood and three others, was bitten in the hand as he tried to remove the dog from the woman's face.

Swartwood was transported to a local hospital and later transferred to a trauma center, where her injuries could be addressed by a plastic surgeon.

The incident took place at a residence that Swartwood and Norman share with Tiffani Evans and Taylor Evans. The Evanses had recently rescued the dog from a man in Floral City.

When Norman and Swartwood returned from a bar around 1 a.m., the dog became aggressive and growled at the four residents, according to the sheriff's office. It was the first time the dog had shown aggression in the "week or so" since it had been rescued, Taylor Evans told deputies.

The dog was collected by a Hernando County Sheriff's Animal Enforcement Officer and turned over to Animal Services.

The case remains under investigation.

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