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Dog To Be Euthanized After Attacking Child

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An 11-year old girl is recovering after a dog attacked her while she walked to her school bus stop. It happened Friday morning on Watts Lane in West Nashville.

A normally quiet street became the center of a standoff, and the suspect was none other than a dog.

"We're hoping to contain the dog," said Metro Animal Control Officer Terry Jones. "It disappeared for about 30 minutes, and then we chased it again and it showed back up and it ran away again and now we're just trying to get in contact with the owner of the dog."

It's not just any dog, but one accused of biting Eunice Nwani's 11-year old daughter Sylvie Kendi early Friday morning.

"I was scared for her I didn't know what to think," said Nwani.

Kendi normally walks along the sidewalk on Watts Lane, but Friday morning a witness said a dog from a business got out of a fence and went straight for the girl and then bit her in the arm. The sixth grader was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she was treated and then insisted on returning to school.  

It's an action that now means the dog will be in quarantine for the next 10 days, monitored for rabies and then euthanized.  

"We don't adopt anything that has been bitten anybody or shows aggression; we just don't because of liability issues," said Metro Animal Control Supervisor Bill Biggs. 

However, Nwani questions whether that's enough to keep this from happening again.

"I can't say anything to a dog," said Nwani. "It's a dog, and the owner has to be responsible for it."

Metro Animal Control said the dog's owner Ahman Aldeen was initially cited for his dog running at large and not having proper tags, but those charges were dropped after he signed over custody of his dog.  However, that doesn't mean he won't face civil charges.


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