Young girl bitten by dog

OKEECHOBEE — An 8-year-old girl in the King’s Bay subdivision was taken Thursday evening to a local hospital after she was reportedly bitten several times by a small dog.

The child, whose name was not released, had injuries to her arm, stomach and her thigh.

According to the report by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) Deputy Mark Margerum an 11-year-old boy was on the back porch of his S.E. 50th Avenue home with the dog just before the attack. The boy, whose family owns the red and brown dachshund, was home alone when the Sept. 10 incident occurred.

The deputy’s report went on to state the dog apparently freed itself from a rope then jumped through a hole in the screened porch enclosure. The boy’s parents were grocery shopping at the time, continued the report.

When the dog escaped from the enclosure it ran toward the young girl who was walking along S.E. 49th Court and reportedly attacked her.

The girl’s brother kicked the dog to get it off his sister. Once the animal was off her, the girl ran home to get help. She was then taken to Raulerson Hospital by emergency medical services.

Deputy Margerum went on to state the child suffered “… lacerations, bruises and punctures to the back of the right arm, back of the left arm, stomach and outer right thigh.”

OCSO Deputy Kristen Gray, who is also a K-9 handler, went to Raulerson Hospital to document the child’s injuries.

“I could see puncture wounds in all areas, along with heavy bruising,” stated Deputy Gray’s report.

Deputy Margerum indicated the dog was taken by Okeechobee Animal Control and will be quarantined for 10 days. He went on to point out that no criminal charges will be filed.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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