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6-year-old hospitalized for dog bite


LORAIN — A 6-year old boy was taken to a hospital after he received a severe dog bite Tuesday. 

The boy was playing in a neighbor’s yard with the neighbor’s children on East 24th Street when police said the neighbor’s 2-year-old akita dog bit the boy several times.

According to a police report, the dog’s owner warned the boy not to play with or pet the dog because he was unsure if it would bite. The man told police he was at the front of the home when he heard the boy screaming.

Police and an ambulance were called, and officers arrived to find the boy with a “deep laceration” to the left side of his neck and chest. Police said the tip of the boy’s finger had been nearly severed and his left ear was torn.

The boy was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, but a hospital spokeswoman would not comment on whether he was still a patient or on his condition because the child is a minor.

The dog’s owner requested that the dog be removed from his home and euthanized, according to a police report. The man was told to keep the dog inside until the Lorain County dog warden and the city Health Department were contacted.

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