MOUNT VERNON — A 3-year-old Mount Vernon girl had to have 22 stitches in her face as the result of a bite by a neighbor’s dog Thursday evening.
The dog, described as a pit bull, is in quarantine at the Knox County Animal Shelter and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances.
Danny Geiger, grandfather of 3-year-old Rylenn Smith, said the girl was doing well and the surgeon at Children’s Hospital “did an excellent job.” She was taken to Children’s after an initial evaluation at Knox Community Hospital.
The incident occurred at 101 Columbus Road, a building owned by Chad E. Creech of that address.
Deputies said that Creech told them Rylenn Smith was playing with children that live in his building and came down the stairs to the alley where the pit bull was tied.
The report said it was unclear why the child was bitten, but she was bitten on the left side of her face and had a puncture wound on the bridge of her nose.
Geiger said the girl was taken to the building by her mother, Amanda Geiger, to see if a boy there her age could come over to play, and she was bitten as they walked past the dog.
Dog Warden Scott Smith said the dog would be kept quarantined for 10 days, as prescribed by the Knox County Health Department. The owners will need to provide a current immunization record.
What happens to the dog after that will depend on the health department’s recommendation and the investigation by the sheriff’s office into the incident and the dog’s history.
Smith explained that the dog can be held longer at the order of either of those agencies.
The incident expanded into a street fight Friday evening.
Geiger said he went to the Columbus Road address to talk with the dog owner. He left another person in his car while he went to talk with the dog owner and he became involved in a scuffle with three or four individuals.
Mount Vernon Police Capt. George Hartz was able to confirm the incident took place as police were called about 8:30 p.m. to provide support for a deputy at 101 Columbus Road, where a fight was reported taking place in the street. He said the officer in charge had not yet filed his report on the police role in the incident.
A request for more information from the Sheriff’s Office was not fulfilled as of press time.
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