Dog Bites Up This Summer

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23 News has learned that a 10-year-old boy was bitten on Saturday and a two-year-old girl was bitten Sunday night.

So far this summer dog bites are up about 28 percent from last year. An increase in our local animal population is one factor boosting the bite numbers. A little two-year-old girl had to have reconstructive surgery on her face and arm Sunday night. She will likely have severe physical and mental wounds simply because she was in the wrong place catching the dog off guard.

The little girl opened a door to another apartment in a complex on Andrews Street in Roscoe. She caught a mixed breed dog by surprise and the dog attacked the little girl. She was taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital Sunday night with severe wounds on her face from her eyes to her mouth.

Winnebago County Animal Services says any dog can bite at any time given the right circumstances.

Gary Longanecker says, “There are two many dogs at large and too many bites.”

Gary advises that pet owners be responsible and wait to bring their animal out until visitors settle down.

There were two dogs in the apartment that the little girl accidentally walked into. Only one of the dogs attacked her though. Both were impounded overnight and released Monday morning for a 10-day home confinement.

Animal services tell 23 News that no charges will be filed against the dogs’ owners. Roscoe police now lead the investigation along with DCFS. It's now a welfare investigation to determine if neglect charges will be filed.