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6-Year-Old Baltimore Co. Girl Bitten By Dog, Undergoes Surgery

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)– A 6-year-old girl is recovering after she was attacked by a neighbor’s dog in Baltimore County.

Andrea Fujii has more on the dog’s fate.

Kyniya Harris doesn’t know when she’ll walk on her own again after a neighbor’s dog attacked her on Monday.

The 6-year-old was playing with a group of children when a pit bull across the street ran toward her.

“I got bit by the dog,” Kyniya Harris said.

“The dog heard a noise outside and was able to push out of the house through a screen door,” said Det. Cathy Batton of the Baltimore County Police Department.

Kyniya Harris was bitten twice and taken to the hospital for surgery.

“My daughter on the ground with her leg all open,” Kyniya Harris’ mother Loretta Harris said.

No one answered at the dog owner’s home.

Neighbors say this isn’t the first time the dog has attacked– Lawrence Evans was bitten two years ago.

“This black dog in the house up there come running out in the street and bit me on my knee,” Evans said.

The dog’s owner told police it is licensed and up-to-date on all its shots. But that doesn’t bring much comfort to Kyniya Harris’ family, who say they haven’t even received an apology.

“They wasn’t outside teasing any animals. They was just outside playing among themselves,” Loretta Harris said.

As Kyniya Harris looks through well wishes from her first grade class, she’s upset her injury will keep her from a school field trip. But Kyniya says she knows not all dogs are violent.

“I think they are scary but some dogs are not,” she said.

The dog was impounded Friday morning. The owners have received $700 in violations: $500 for a dangerous animal, $100 for a dog at large and $100 for no license.

 This case will be scheduled to be heard at the Animal Hearing Board.

Kyniya Harris’ family says they plan to file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner.

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