Child bitten in face by neighbor's dog in Palm Beach Gardens recovering

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - A 4-year-old Palm Beach Gardens child  is recovering after a pit bull bit her Wednesday evening. The child was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center for treatment.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. at East Highline Pines Boulevard.

She was riding a bicycle near the yard where the dog was tethered to its owner's truck. The owner was inside his home.

"The girl went into the dog's area, we have no adult witnesses, we're not sure why the dog did what he did," said Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control Captain Dave Walesky.

Walesky says the girl "went up into the property where the dog lawfully was."

Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Chief Keith Bryer says the girl has cuts and puncture wounds to her face.

The dog was picked up by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control where it will remain while police investigate the incident. It will be in quarantine for ten days.

Animal care and control officers say the dog has been friendly since the attack. They will have to decide whether to classify it as "dangerous."

The family and surgeon on duty when she arrived at the hospital plan to speak about her injuries at a Friday news conference.

NewsChannel 5's Marissa Bagg and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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