A 3-year-old girl was bitten by a dog Friday morning and was taken to a hospital with facial injuries, a Contra Costa County fire district official said.
The incident occurred shortly after 10:30 a.m. on the 800 block of Jones Avenue. The dog, initially reported by first responders as a pit bull, is in fact an AMERICAN BULLDOG, said Steve Burdo, spokesman for the county Animal Services Department.
A medical transport helicopter was ordered but subsequently called off, and the girl was transported to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland by ambulance.
The girl suffered two one-inch-long lacerations to her face, Burdo said. She had been left alone in a room with the dog, he added.
"We don't know if the animal was provoked," Burdo said.
The dog was taken to the agency's shelter in Martinez where it will be quarantined for a 10-day period, starting Saturday. The dog will be checked for rabies and officials will look into whether it has a history of aggressive behavior.
The dog's owner lives in the Sacramento area and had left the animal with his brother at the Pinole home.
"As far as we know, the owner wasn't there" when the attack occurred, Burdo said.
Animal Services is continuing to investigate the incident.