11-year-old hospitalized after stray dog attacks; neighbors defend dog

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on October 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 12:28 PM

HOUSTON -- An 11-year-old girl was transported to the hospital Tuesday night after police said a stray dog bit her right leg.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Runnels in the Clayton Homes housing community near downtown Houston.

Officers said the girl was tugging on one of the stray dog’s puppies. That’s when the dog lashed out.

“The girl was running to her house because she was bleeding from the leg,” said 11-year-old Jose Linares. “I’m like, why the dog be biting the girl like that.”

The stray, that also lives in the housing community, recently had a litter of at least nine puppies.

Eva Gutierrez, a mother of seven, believes it was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

“I’ve heard of that dog going after the kids. My kids, when they would go out to throw out the trash, they said the dog would try to come after them,” explained Eva Gutierrez.

According to police, the girl who was bit is expected to be okay.

Neighbors said there appeared to be deep puncture woods on her leg. She will now likely have to undergo a series of shots.

“It’s scary. It’s scary. I wouldn’t want my kid to get bitten. Then you have to take them to the hospital and get rabies shots because you never know what the dog could have or what,” said Gutierrez.

Animal control captured the mother dog and her puppies near the basketball courts where the bite happened.

Officers said there’s a “good chance” that the stray dog will be put down.

“These kids, a bunch of kids, are chasing them and making them mad. It’s terrible,” said neighbor Irene Aleman.

Irene Aleman is among the neighbors who believe the dog is not to blame.

“The dog is just there with her puppies. They provoke the dog to run after them and the dog bites them,” said Aleman. “The dog just doesn’t want anyone near her puppies.

Aleman and other neighbors said they hoped animal control would “have a heart” and not separate the mother from her young.

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