ALBANY, NY -- A scary encounter between a pit bull mix and an 11 year old girl ended with the girl being sent to the hospital after being bit by the dog. The attack happened on Raymo street in Albany. A street that was empty this evening after the attack took place.
The children say they are too scared to come out and play. Tonight animal control had to take the pitt bull mix away from it's home. "We were playing dodge ball and all sorts of other games, near where the dog lives," said 11 year old Alanna Carmelo.
Carmelo was playing with her sister and her next door neighbor Nazaria Edge. "We hear some barking, the chain rustling," recalled Carmelo.
Her sister Kayla Carmelo said, "Then I heard the dog come out."
That dog was behind a 6 foot fence according to the dog owner's roommate, but she says it managed to make it over the barrier. That's when he started chasing 11 year old Nazaria. "I was really scared," said Carmelo.
"She was running up, saying 'it bit me, it bit me, it bit me," explained Tyeisha Edge, Nazaria's mother.
"I was just saying 'are you ok? It's going to be okay,' she was just crying," said Carmelo.
Officers tell us, Nazaria was bit on the left thigh, and taken to the hospital. Neighbors say the dog has never been a problem in the past. "No no, I'm friends with them. She has them under control, but they have been getting out lately," added Edge.
She says just this morning the dog got out, and left a mark on their door. Officers say they will likely issue a ticket to the owner, but for now, the pitbull mix is spending the next few days at the Mohawk Hudson humane society, where he will be under evaluation.
Nazaria's friends are looking forward to her return from the hospital tonight, but they are not as eager for their next play date in their neighborhood. "I like the neighbor who has the dog, but I don't want to live on a street where I'm afraid there is a dog that will jump the fence, chase me, or bite me," said Carmelo.
The owner of the dog will have to wait ten days to get the dog back from the humane society. The humane society will quarantine the dog and examine it for any signs of aggression. The owner says this dog was up to date on all it's vaccinations and rabies shots. Nazaria's mother expects her to return from the hospital tonight.