Girl, 8, released from hospital after dog attack - FOX 13 News

Girl, 8, released from hospital after dog attack

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A young child attacked by a dog is expected to survive after a vicious dog attack.

The 8-year-old girl was attacked in her own home, and she suffered serious injuries.

The dog, which was not owned by the family, bit her in the head and face. That dog now remains at Hillsborough animal services until investigators can figure out what happened.

Investigators say the mother of the young girl had to step in and pull the dog off her. It all happened at a home on Landcaster Lane in the Progress Village area.

Crews say when they responded to the house, they found Sade Carter had suffered significant dog bites. The family is telling investigators they were watching the dog for another family member.

We're being told the dog was not provoked. The child was not playing with the dog or anything when it grabbed on to the child and attacked her. The 8-year old was then rushed to the hospital.

Animal services says there's a chance this could have been prevented had the dog been neutered.

"I would say the majority of the bites that I deal with are from animals that have not been altered," Cpl. M.J. Maruca with animal services said. "They have not been spayed; they have not been neutered."

The dog is an American Staffordshire Terrier.  From what we found, breeders say it's not technically a pit bull, but they are very similar in breed. Many people say they tend to be friendly animals but can get aggressive.

Carter was taken to Tampa General Hospital where she was released. As for the dog, its fate is still undecided.

Animal services says it has to complete an investigation before anything is determined.

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