Toddler Suffers Skull Fractures During Dog Attack, No Signs of Prior Aggression
SPRING HILL – Yesterday, RNRF broke the news of a little girl who was mauled by a dog at her home on Morrison Way. (CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL REPORT)
This morning, officials released additional details on the child’s condition and the dog that bit her.
According to officials, the 16-month-old little girl was playing with a newly adopted Chocolate Labrador Retriever, under the supervision of her parents, when for reasons unknown the dog bit the girl on the head.
The child was transported to a trauma center, where doctors discovered multiple puncture wounds and even two skull fractures as a result of the attack. Doctors say the injuries are not life-threatening and the child is expected to make a full recovery.
Officials say the dog was adopted from a shelter in Citrus County and belonged to the victim’s grandmother. Shelter authorities told the family that the dog was not aggressive towards people but was not compatible with other dogs. Family also say the dog had not shown any aggression in prior months.
The dog has since been quarantined by Hernando County Animal Service and the Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident.
EDITORS NOTE: While gathering information for our original breaking story yesterday, an Animal Control Officer arrived to impound the dog. Deputies established a crime scene before calling major case detectives and forensics to respond to the residence.
An almost comical game of “hide and seek” ensued between the Animal Control Officer and RNRF, while we were trying to take pictures of the dog, in an effort to accurately report the breed.
As many of our viewers know, the breed of a dog is always an extremely controversial subject when the media reports animal attack incidents.
Pit Bulls are almost always the breed reported by the media when an attack occurs and RNRF is no different, so for accuracy purposes, we were trying to identify the breed before publishing our article. For reasons unknown, the Animal Control Officer took additional measures to make sure we could not get a glimpse of the animal in question.
When the Animal Control Officer noticed RNRF on the scene, she decided to back her vehicle up close to the mobile home. When I repositioned my vehicle at the north end of Morrison Way, she moved the rear of her vehicle even closer to the doorway to the mobile home. Once again, I repositioned my vehicle to the front of the residence but, like before, the Animal Control Officer took steps to conceal the animal, by opening her door to block my view. We were never able to get a picture of the animal for our report.
It is unknown why the Officer felt it was important to conceal the breed from the public, especially since the dog was not a Pit Bull.
Transparency at it’s finest. . .
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