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8-year-old girl attacked by dog in Progress Village

A male American Staffordshire terrier was taken to Hillsborough Animal Services while the attack is investigated.
Published May 13, 2013

TAMPA — An 8-year-old girl was hospitalized with what authorities described as non-life-threatening injuries after being attacked by a dog Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to a report of the attack at 2:20 p.m. at a single-story home at 3210 Lancaster Lane in Progress Village, south of Causeway Boulevard and east of 78th Street.

The girl, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to Tampa General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according Marti Ryan, spokeswoman for Hillsborough County Animal Services.

"The girl appears to have been bitten in the upper extremities," she said.

Ryan said a preliminary investigation revealed the girl and others were dog-sitting when the attack occurred inside the house.

"Initial reports are that there was an adult embracing a child in a very enthusiastic manner, hugging the child," she said. "We're not sure why the dog reacted the way it did."

The dog, an adult male American Staffordshire terrier, was taken by Animal Services to its facility at 440 N Falkenburg Road. Animal Services will continue to investigate over the next few days, Ryan said.

A man answering the phone at the house Sunday declined to answer questions about the attack and said only that the girl was recovering at the hospital.

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