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Londonderry girl injured in dog attack

Union Leader Correspondent

April 01. 2013 10:36AM

LONDONDERRY - A six-year-old Londonderry girl is being treated for facial injuries after being bitten by a neighbor's dog on Easter night.

Local police and fire officials were called to the Winterwood Drive neighborhood just after 9 p.m., where a resident reported his daughter had been bitten by his neighbor's dog, a pit bull mix, earlier that evening.

According to Londonderry Police Lt. Tim Jones, the dog was taken into quarantine by police after the incident when the owners were unable to produce vaccination records. Jones said the animal's owners were being cooperative and claimed their dog was current on its rabies vaccine.

"They're trying to locate the paperwork right now," he said Monday morning. No charges have been filed against the owners.

According to police reports, the little girl was playing outside when she apparently fell on top of the dog, which responded aggressively.

The little girl, who suffered some severe bite wounds on her face, was taken to Elliot Hospital in Manchester. Jones said the victim had been sedated after the incident, and there was no word on her condition as of Monday morning.

According to Jones, the dog growled at police officers when they arrived on the scene Sunday night, though they noted the dog wasn't acting aggressively when he was fed inside the police kennels Monday morning.

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