Dogs bite 4 people in two incidents

November 17, 2012

Hood County Animal Control officials and four dog bite victims are awaiting the verdict on rabies test results from Austin after two unrelated incidents earlier in the week.

A 4-year-old girl who suffered severe bites to her head and abdomen from a neighbor’s chow mix at around noon on Wednesday near her home in Eastwood Village was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. That’s according to Hood County Animal Control Sergeant Charles Monroe, who said he did not have an update on her condition as of late that afternoon. Monroe was not available on Thursday, but an Animal Control officer said they had still not received an update.

On Tuesday shortly before 3:30 p.m., an 11-year-old boy, his mother and grandfather all sustained bites from their own chocolate lab mix at their home on White Tail Deer Drive in the Deer Run Acres subdivision, Monroe said. All three were treated and released at Lake Granbury Medical Center, he noted.

“All of those three did take some pretty good bites,” Monroe said.

He noted the boy had an arm bite. The woman had bite wounds on her arm and lower back. The man sustained bites on his abdomen and arms.

“They said the dog had never growled at anybody, ever, and all at once it turned on them,” Monroe said.

He also noted that the family that owned the chow mix said they didn’t know why their dog bit the girl.

Both families agreed to pay for rabies testing, and the two dogs were put down on Thursday.

They were to be sent to Austin for the tests. The results may be known as early as Wednesday, Monroe said.

Monroe said he has never seen back-to-back dog bite incidents of that degree here.

“No, not with severe bites,” he said. “For two severe dog attacks, that’s unusual.”

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