Dog bite sends young girl to the hospital in Jonesboro

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A 17-year-old girl was sent to NEA Baptist emergency room when a dog bit her while she walked down the street in Jonesboro.

The incident was reported to Jonesboro Police Department just before 7 p.m. Monday night, when Officer Jeff Moore was dispatched to NEA Baptist ER over a reported dog bite. He arrived to find the victim, a minor, along with her mother and aunt.

The young girl’s leg was wounded on her right outer knee, calf and thigh.

She told the officer that earlier at 5 p.m., she had been walking down Haltom Street, near the intersection of Matthews Avenue, when the terrifying situation unfolded. A dog came from behind her and began to sniff her, scaring the young girl. She screamed and began to run, triggering the animal to bite her, according to the report. She then ran to her aunt’s nearby home.

The officer checked out the area from 7:30 p.m. to about 7:45 p.m. but could not locate the dog. The girl was frightened, and wounded to an unknown severity, thus only able to remember the dog as “a brown color.”

Owners of the animal could face a misdemeanor charge, along with civil liabilities due to the attack on the girl.

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