THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 – A 7-year-old girl was bitten in the face Wednesday night (Oct. 1) in Riverside County by a stray dog that her mother brought home.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital. Her injuries included bites and lacerations to her face.
The girl's mother saw the dog wandering near their Spring Street home in an unincorporated county area south of Perris.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department initially responded to the call at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Animal Services was contacted by a deputy to retrieve the dog, a 2-year-old female pit bull. The dog was transported to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley, where it will be quarantined for 10 days.
Animal Services officials expressed caution to those picking up stray dogs from their neighborhoods. Field Services Commander Rita Gutierrez said she appreciates when Good Samaritans assist her team of officers by getting a loose dog, but people should remain alert to the dog's temperament.
"When a kind person takes a dog off the street and brings it home, he or she should bear in mind that the dog is not in familiar surroundings," Gutierrez said. "The dog may show signs of fear, and these types of dogs should not be around small children."
If the person can find a safe space in their yard or quiet spot in the garage, then call Animal Services to arrange a pickup time, that's probably the best solution, Gutierrez said.
Deputy Director Frank Corvino said that Wednesday night's attack was a tough one to hear about because a child was a victim and the child's mother was trying to do a good thing.
"It's always a terrible thing when we hear of a youngster getting bit in the face," Corvino said. "This particular attack was especially sad because her mother was showing kindness to someone else's pet."