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Three-year-old Gresham girl attacked by neighborhood dog

Posted: Updated: May 07, 2016 01:53 AM

A 3-year-old girl is recovering from a dog attack in a southwest Gresham neighborhood, according to Multnomah County animal control officers.

An agency spokesman said the dog’s owner, who lives just a few blocks away from the toddler, was cited and the dog is now under quarantine at its home. 

According to county emails, the dog was already classified as a Level 4 Potentially Dangerous Dog, when the attack occurred Saturday. The classification is given to dogs that have potentially bitten a person or killed another animal. 

The little girl’s grandfather, Jeff Goddard, told Fox 12 he was shocked the dog wasn’t removed from its home.

“It’s kinda scary to think about that you can’t go walk around your neighborhood without the possibility of some vicious dog attacking you,” Goddard said, adding that the girl’s mother said she has seen the dog out on walks with its owner since the incident. 

“When I found out nothing was being done about it I was appalled at the whole thing.”

Fox 12 spoke with the owner Friday afternoon, but she said she did not want to comment. The dog in question was inside her home.

The toddler did not need stitches, but is on antibiotics. Goddard said she and her grandmother were out on a walk picking dandelions Saturday when the dog spotted the little girl. 

“She must have looked like lunch to him or something because he gave about three lunges on the rope and broke free and attacked,” Goddard said. 

After the grandmother scooped the child up to protect her, the toddler was bitten on each of her legs, and a third lunge ripped the girl’s pant down, Goddard said.

The wounds are neatly bandaged now, but the family believes that’s the least of their worries. 

“The mental anguish that she’s going to have the rest of her life,” Goddard said. 

Emails from county officials show the owner received at least two citations. Investigators will return to the home for interviews Sunday. The county placed a sign on the dog’s outdoor kennel warning people it could be dangerous.

The emails said the owner will be keeping her dog for now, but will have to follow strict restrictions in order to keep it.

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