Posted: Friday, August 28, 2015 9:29 am
An 11-year-old girl is recuperating after a PIT BULL attacked her Tuesday, shortly after getting off the school bus. The dog has been impounded at the city animal shelter.
Sallisaw police were called to 111 N. Holly at about 3:55 p.m. Tuesday for a dog bite. Witnesses said the victim had been walking on the opposite side of the street when the dog charged through the front door of 108 N. Holly and attacked the girl.
A neighbor heard the dog's vicious-sounding bark and the girl's screams and was able to get the dog off the girl. They were able to get into his house and call the police.
DeAnna Carr, the girl's mother, said they had only just moved into the neighborhood and had never had difficulties with the animal or its owner.
The neighbor said he has been bitten by the same dog.
“When I got to the house, the police had the dog in the animal control car,” Carr said. “I took my daughter to Mercy in Fort Smith, (Ark.) where she was treated and released.”
Carr said her daughter had sustained two large puncture wounds and several smaller puncture wounds and a bruise from where she hit a mail box while trying to get away from the dog.
Officers said a tan-colored pit bull was in the yard at 108 N. Holly when they arrived and immediately showed aggressive tendencies, barking and charging at the officers. Officers reported the dog seemed “mad.”
Animal control officer Thomas Bridgewater used a catch pole to contain the animal and move it to the animal control unit.
The dog was taken to the animal shelter where it will be kept in a locked cage with a warning notice attached to the cage.
Bridgewater said the dog is current on its rabies vaccinations.
He said he knew the dog's owner had been cited previously for an animal at large, but did not know when or if the owner had been cited for owning a vicious animal.
Keith Miller, the building and development director for Sallisaw said the dog's fate is now in the hands of the city judge.
“What happens to the animal will have to be adjudicated before the municipal judge,” Miller said. “It will be up to the judge whether the dog is euthanized or just ordered to live outside city limits.
Miller said the animal will be kept for as few as 72 hours or until the next municipal court hearing.