8-Year-Old Girl Seriously Wounded in Dog Attack
Written by Sgt. Brandon Bonney, Prescott Valley PD
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 14:28
On February 12th at approximately 2:20 P.M. an 8 year old Dewey girl was seriously wounded by family member's 3 year old male Pit Bull mix named "Knuckles".
At approximately 3:19 Animal Control Officers responded to YRMC East Campus to investigate a report of a delayed dog bite. Once on scene they learned that the victim and her family were visiting a grandparent on Bear Blvd. in the Orchard Ranch RV Park in The Town of Prescott Valley. The victim, an 8 year old female, was playing in the residence when the dog apparently ran to the child and bit her on the face. Family members were able to verbally get the dog to release, but the child had already sustained serious injuries to her face. The attack appeared to be unprovoked.
The child reportedly received severe facial wounds. She was taken to the YRMC East Campus for treatment. The child was then air lifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix for her wounds.
The child underwent surgery and is reportedly facing several more surgeries to repair the damage caused by the attack.
The report indicated that the dog has played with the children in the past and has not displayed aggressive behavior before.
The victim was reported to be in fair condition and was still hospitalized over the weekend.
The dog is in quarantine as part of the investigation. It is likely that the dog will be surrendered to be euthanized.