7-year-old girl needed 1,000 stitches after dog bite her face at California kennel

A 7-year-old girl was visiting a Southern California shelter with her family wanting to adopt a dog. One of the dogs lunged at her and bit her on the face, requiring 1,000 stitches.

The attack took place May 26 at A Passion for Paws Akita Rescue kennel in Romoland, California, the Desert Sun reported.

Riverside County animal control officers said a dog, identified as a 2-year-old male Akita at the privately owned kennel, lunged at the girl and bit her on the face, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

The incident took place about noon as the family visited the dog to consider adopting him, the Desert Sun reported. He had been rescued from a Los Angeles-area shelter in February.

The girl underwent three hours of surgery after the attack, KABC reported.

“Her injuries were quite shocking because her injuries were to the face,” said John Welsh, spokesman for the county Department of Animal Services, the Desert Sun reported. “It’s terrible when these attacks affect children.”

Animal control officers say it’s the fifth serious bite in recent years at the private kennel, KABC reported.

The kennel owner declined to have the dog, which was placed in quarantine, euthanized, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. The owner said the dog had never been aggressive in the past.

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