An 8-year-old girl was hospitalized Sunday after suffering non-life-threatening injuries after she was attacked by a dog in Progress Village.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the attack at 2:20 p.m.
The child was taken to Tampa General Hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries, according to a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County Animal Services.
Reports indicate the girl was bitten in the upper extremities while she and others were dog sitting inside a Progress Village home.
An adult in the home was apparently embracing the child in a very enthusiastic manner when the dog attacked. At this time, no one is sure why the dog reacted the way it did.
The dog that attacked the girl, an adult male American Staffordshire terrier, was taken by Animal Services where it will be monitored over the next several days.
As of Sunday, the girl was recovering at the hospital.
Dog bite injuries can be very painful and take time to recover from. These injuries can be made worse if an infection develops. It is quite common to suffer from severe swelling and bruising after a dog bite attack. Even worse, victims are likely to suffer scarring and possibly disfigurement. Because of the severe injuries that can occur from a dog bite or attack, it is important to contact an injury lawyer who can handle vicious animal attacks and help you seek the financial compensation you deserve to cover the full scope of your injuries.
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