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Girl, 5, bitten by Rottweiler

September 30, 2002

A Rottweiler bit a 5-year-old Funkstown girl in the face Friday morning, Maria Procopio, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County, said.

Caitlin Boyer's family was pet-sitting the female Rottweiler for a friend when the dog bit the child, puncturing her nose and chin area, said Caitlin's mother, Karen Coulter.

She said her family owns a male Rottweiler who has never shown aggressive behavior.

Caitlin was taken to Washington County Hospital, and her family confined the Rottweiler in the garage until the owner could pick up the dog, Procopio said.

Caitlin received 12 stitches and was recovering at home Friday night, her mother said.

A plastic surgeon said the child would likely suffer minimal scarring, Coulter said.

Funkstown Fire Co. Lt. Glenn Fuscsick said the fire company got word of the attack by someone running down the street to the station a block away from the scene.

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"We stopped the bleeding, stabilized her and calmed her down," Fuscsick said.

A Humane Society animal control officer was not sent to the home because the dog did not appear to be violent and it had been confined, said Procopio, who did not know where the owner lives.

The dog was up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations, she said.

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