Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 27, 2013

Dog bites Bluefield toddler in face, owner to be charged

BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — An 19-month-old girl who was  bitten Friday afternoon by a dog that wandered into the yard of her Bluefield home, had to be transported to a medical facility outside the area for treatment, police said.

The child was playing in the yard, when her mother saw the mixed breed, brown and white dog came into the yard, according to Bluefield Police Chief D.M. Dillow.

“The mother made a loud noise and tried to chase the dog away,” Dillow said. “The little girl grabbed the dog by the tail, and the dog turned around and bit her in the face.”

Emergency responders were dispatched to the child’s home on North Street in Bluefield at about 1:45 p.m. The child was initially transported to Bluefield regional Medical Center. “She is going to be sent outside the area to receive additional care,” Dillow said. He did not specify as to where the child was sent for care.

“We recovered the dog,” Dillow said. “It is being held for a standard 10-day rabies watch at the animal shelter.”

Dillow said that the owner of the dog will be charged with violating the leash law and owning a vicious dog.

No additional details were available Friday afternoon.

— Contact Bill Archer at

barcher@bdtonline.com