A 10-year-old girl was bitten in the face by a dog while she waited with her mother at a school bus stop in Desert Hot Springs Wednesday morning.
The attack happened shortly after 8 a.m. on the corner of Seventh Street and West Drive (map), the Riverside County Department of Animal Services Director Robert Miller stated in a news release.
The girl was petting the dog, a two-year-old husky mix named Ollie, when the dog turned and bit her for some unknown reason, according to initial reports.
She was bitten at least one time in the face, according to Miller.
The girl’s mother immediately took her to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Ollie had already returned home when animal services officer James Huffman arrived.
Huffman was familiar with the dog, which had been abandoned on Seventh Street sometime last summer, before a neighbor took the dog in and cared for it.
Authorities believe the girl, who lives in the area, may have known the husky mix as well.
“Even if this little girl was familiar with the dog, pet owners must realize that they should not allow their dog to roam freely,” Miller said. “If this dog is within its own yard, this little girl doesn’t get bit at the bus stop. Period.”
Miller urged dog owners to take responsibility in keeping neighborhoods safe. “We feel horrible that an innocent child gets bit while waiting for her school bus,” Miller said. “And this attack was totally preventable.”
Ollie has been quarantined at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms.