KENOVA WV - A FAMILY PIT BULL MIX ATTACKED THEIR 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN THE FACE AS SHE WAS PLAYING WITH IT
(WSAZ) --A young girl had to go to the hospital after being attacked by her own pet.
A humane officer says it was the worst face bite he's ever seen.
The 12-year-old girl got stitches in her lip, and the dog was put down at the animal shelter.
The girl's mother's boyfriend says Wednesday the girl and the dog were playing in the living room of their home on 15th Street in Kenova like they'd done many times before. But he says the girl did start playing a little rough, and that's when the dog bit her face.
He says the dog was 2 years old, and they'd had it since it was a pup. He says when they got it, they thought it was a lab, but as it grew older IT BECAME APPARENT IT WAS PART PIT BULL.
He says before Wednesday, the dog had not shown any signs of violence whatsoever. He says it was loved and played like a baby.
Animal shelter director Courtney Proctor Cross says it's always a good idea not to let your kids play too rough with your pets.
"Make sure especially with little children or younger children that they're not climbing on an animal," Cross said. "An animal could have a sore place or be afraid of something or protecting its food and turn and snap at a child or injure the child."
The mom's boyfriend says he agrees the dog needed to be euthanized. He says the 12-year-old was sad when she learned the dog was put down.
He says the girl has pet a couple other dogs since the attack, and he's relieved it doesn't appear she's been too traumatized by the injury.
ORIGINAL STORY 7/11/19
A young girl was mauled by her own pet Wednesday in Kenova.
According to a humane officer with Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Control, the dog attacked the 12-year-old's face.
The officer says it is the worst face bite he has ever seen.
The dog is a PIT BULL-LAB MIX, according to the humane officer.
The Kenova Police Department responded to the incident.
We're told the dog was euthanized to be tested for rabies.