The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

July 14, 2014

Dog seized after attack: Bluefield teen transported to hospital

BLUEFIELD — A Mercer County teenager was transported to Bluefield Regional Medical Center Saturday afternoon after a pit bull dog bit through her left foot.

The 17-year-old female was riding a scooter on Walters Avenue in Bluefield, when the dog ran out into the street and bit through the girl’s foot, according to an adult male who identified himself as the victim’s father.

Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department, Bluefield Animal Control Officer Randall Thompspn and paramedics with the Bluefield Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

Paramedics treated the girl on the back porch of a residence located at 3207 Walters Ave. The victim was able to walk under her own power to the ambulance with her left foot bandaged.

Adams, Thompson and the victim’s father then went to the residence where the dog was, at that time, chained to a tree. There were three other dogs tied to trees in the same general vicinity including another pit bull that appeared to be close to having a litter of puppies. Authorities did not release the name of the dog owner.

“I issued her two notices to appear,” Thompson said. “One for failure to have city tags and rabies shots and the other for failure to confine. I will also seize the dog and take it to the Mercer County Animal Shelter where it will be held for 10 days for rabies observation.”

Thompson said he will address the issue about the other three dogs in the yard as soon as the more immediate matters are resolved. “We have a 17-year-old girl at the hospital right now, and I need to get the dog to the Animal Shelter before I can see her,” he said.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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