Athens Police: Infant hospitalized after being attacked by family dog

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UPDATE (Saturday):

We received the following press release from the Athens Police Department:

On August 16, 2019, at approximately 4:00 pm officers were dispatched to a residence on Eastanallee Avenue in reference to a seven-month old child who had been bitten by a dog.

Officers were advised that a family member was babysitting the child and was lying on a bed. A family pet, that appeared to be a mixed-breed pit bull type dog, was lying on the bed as well, playing with a toy. When the child crawled to the dog and attempted to touch the dog’s toy, the dog latched onto the child’s head. The family member kicked the dog repeatedly, in order to free the child.

Family members rushed the child to the local emergency room at Starr Regional Medical Center. The child was transported to a larger hospital for treatment.

Athens Animal Control responded to the scene and took the dog into custody after the owner voluntarily turned it over to them. The Police Department informed the Department of Children and Family Services of the incident and is also conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. This is standard procedure in serious incidents such as this and should not be presumed to indicate guilt or suspicious circumstances.

Chief Couch, of the Athens Police Department, said “this is obviously a very trying time for this family. They, and their child, will be in our prayers as they go through this tragic incident.”

Depend on us to keep updated on this developing story.


Athens Police tell us a young child was hospitalized after being attacked by a family member's dog Friday.

According to police, the 7-month-old child was taken to Erlanger.

The extent of the child's injuries are not known at this time. Police have not said what led to the attack, either.

Athens PD officials say they will release more information soon.

Depend on us to keep updated on this developing story.

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