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Londonderry girl, 6, back at school after pit bull attack

LONDONDERRY - The South School first grader who mauled by a dog outside her townhouse on Easter Sunday has returned to school, officials said on Friday.

Sarah Stewart, 6, was back in the classroom on Monday morning after missing a week of school, according to Principal Linda Boyd.

"She's doing really well," Boyd said.

The little girl sustained facial wounds when was she was playing outside in her close-knit Century Village neighborhood Easter night. Sarah said she was reaching for a bottle of bubble solution when she lost her balance and fell on top of Oliver, provoking the black pit bull mix to attack.

The girl sustained a deep gash on her temple that required countless stitches, her father, Greg Stewart, said.

The wound is healing well, he noted, though Sarah will eventually need to see a plastic surgeon to soften the scar's appearance.

Oliver had been in quarantine at Londonderry Police headquarters since March 31.

The dog was released from quarantine to his owners on Wednesday, according to Lt. Tim Jones.

Jones said the dog's rabies vaccinations weren't current so the animal needed to remain in quarantine for 10 days.

Oliver was reportedly nonaggressive while in police custody and even wagged his tail when being fed, but all agreed the dog wouldn't be allowed to return to the local condo community.

Jones said the Palmieris, the dog's owners, were cooperative with police and aren't facing any charges because the animal was leashed and on its owners' property at the time of the incident.

Lisa Palmieri, who couldn't be reached for further comment on Friday, had previously said she was hoping to find another home for Oliver, but if that doesn't happen she might consider moving so she'll be able to keep her canine.

Winterwood Drive resident Michael Boiko said he hasn't seen Oliver around the neighborhood since Wednesday and he hoped the animal was, indeed, gone for good.

"We're definitely a very dog-friendly community and we have dogs of all breeds and sizes living here," Boiko said. "But most of us knew that when it came to this particular dog, something tragic was going to happen sooner or later."

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