MOUNT VERNON — A dog that bit an infant was only at the house overnight.
Corey Woods, the brother of the infant girl who was bitten in the 10 block of South Jackson Street Monday, posted on Facebook that his sister suffered several broken bones in her face, but she is “going to make it.” Woods writes in the post that the family only had the dog one night before it attacked his sister.
The girl was transported from the home to Knox Community Hospital and from there to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Nationwide staff said they do not have consent to release information on the girl’s condition.
The dog was taken from the residence Monday by the Knox County Dog Warden. Knox County Dog Warden John Carhart said the dog is in a 10-day quarantine and is being held as evidence. Carhart said he is not familiar with the dog’s history.
In a 911 call, the girl’s grandmother said the dog belonged to a family member and was still in the house. The grandmother said at first that the baby was dead, but later told 911 that she is breathing.
Writing in the post, Woods said he pried the dog’s jaws off his sister’s face.
Woods wrote that the dog had its shots “but all dogs can attack so never get a dog … IF U HAVE A INFANT DON’T GET A DOG.”
Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said he has not seen a report of the incident as of this morning, but said it is likely that possible charges will be reviewed at the municipal court level. Mount Vernon Municipal Court Law Director Rob Broeren was unavailable for comment, as of press time.
McConville said the dog warden will determine if the dog is to have a designation as a dangerous animal. The dog owners can contest the designation in court if they choose, McConville said.
If the dog is designated as dangerous, the owners will have to follow restrictions regarding restraint of the dog and obtain special insurance.
The dangerous dog determination is based on the injury suffered by the bite victim and whether the dog has a previous history of aggressive behavior, McConville said.