Girl, 9, critically injured in dog attack

Posted: August 18, 2012

A 9-year-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition after being attacked by a dog Friday morning in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia, police said.

An emergency call was placed at 11:36 a.m. in the 6800 block of Dicks Avenue, said Officer Tanya Little. The girl was at her babysitter's home when she opened a cage containing the dog, Little said. The dog then bit the girl in the face.

The girl was taken by a medic unit, which reported she had bites elsewhere on her body, to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Little said the wounds were not life-threatening. The dog, described as a pit-bull mix, was surrendered by the owner to the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia.    - Robert Moran

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