MOUNT VERNON — A dog that bit a nine month old infant on the face last month has been euthanised.
Knox County Dog Warden John Carhart said the dog was put down after it was surrendered for euthanisation by its owner.
The attack occurred Nov. 12 at a Mount Vernon residence. The infant girl suffered several bone fractures in her face as a result of the bite. The dog’s jaws had to be pried off the girl’s face, according to a Facebook post by the girl’s brother giving an update on his sister’s condition the next day.
The dog was owned by the infant’s uncle, according to Mount Vernon Police reports.
The girl was taken to Knox Community Hospital, and transported from there to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Mount Vernon City Law Director Rob Broeren said Monday he has “no information regarding (the girl’s) condition” but confirmed that she survived the attack. Broeren said the incident is the subject of an ongoing investigation.
The dog was taken to the animal shelter Nov. 12 from the scene of the attack by the dog warden’s office.
Carhart said he received reports of prior incidents of aggression after the dog was taken into custody. Had the dog not been euthanised, Carhart said it is likely that he would have issued a finding that the dog was a vicious animal.
The owner had several options with the dog, including reclaiming it. Had the owner decided to take the dog back, it would have been subject to restrictions due to its being a vicious animal, Carhart said.