Dog bite causes serious injury


By Scott Halasz

shalasz@civitasmedia.com

XENIA — A family dog will be quarantined for 10 days after it bit a nine-month old, causing serious injuries Friday.

According to WDTN, the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. when a family member who was watching the dog stepped out of the room in a home in the 800 block of Dayton Avenue. The dog, identified as a shepherd mix by Greene County Animal Control, bit the child once.

The infant was taken first to Greene Memorial Hospital and then to Dayton Childrens, according to Xenia Police Detective Matt Cvitkovich.

“(There were) serious injuries at the time of transport,” he said. “It’s being looked at as a horrible accident that happened quickly.”

The name of parents or child, who lived at the house according to WDTN, was not released by Xenia police and no update on the condition of the nine-month-old was available.

The dog’s future is also unknown.

“From our standpoint, we’re simply waiting for the owners to decide what to do,” said Animal Control Director Dennis McCarthy. The owners could take it back home or release it to animal control.

“If they release it to us, it would be released for euthanasia,” McCarthy said.

Police are not expecting any criminal charges, Cvitkovich said.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.