(UPDATED) Three-Year-Old Girl's Ear Severed In Dog Attack
Mar 28, 2016 12:12PM
By Bill Gilman
Tewksbury Police Headquarters.
STORY UPDATED MONDAY, MARCH 28, 12 P.M. WITH QUOTES, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CORRECTED INFORMATION.
A three-year-old girl is home again, recovering from injuries she sustained when she was bitten on her head by a neighborhood dog.
According to Tewksbury Police, the incident took place Saturday, around 5:30 p.m. Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a child had been bitten by a dog and was bleeding. Emergency personnel were sent to 25 Redgate Road and provided medical attention to the toddler, who had sustained a bite that severed a portion of her ear.
The victim lives nearby and was visiting the residence with members of her family. According to the victim's mother, the family had just entered the fenced-in backyard when the dog attacked the toddler without provocation. The mother said her daughter had played with the dog previously without incident.
The dog involved in the incident is one of two American Bulldogs, a male and a female, that live at the address.
The girl was taken by ambulance to Lowell General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. According to the victim's mother, medical crews had planned to use LifeFlight to take the girl to Boston but determined it was faster to get her to a trauma unit at Lowell General by ambulance.
Doctors were able to reattach the ear. As of Monday morning, she was recuperating at home. However, her mother says she will require significant additional medical treatment and has been traumatized by the incident.
"We're just asking people to respect our privacy and would ask that they pray for our daughter," she said.
The Animal Control Officer was called to the scene after the incident and placed the dog under 10-day quarantine, as is typical in dog bite cases. The ACO learned that the dog is up-to-date on its shots. No citations were issued or charges filed in connection with the incident.