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Dog attacks 8-year-old boy in Miami

Neighbors say American bulldog ran out of house, attacked boy

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MIAMI – A dog left his home and rushed to attack a boy who was playing with a bouncing ball in Miami's Flagami neighborhood Thursday, witnesses said.

The 8-year-old boy was with his mom at 3820 NW 12th St. The dog bit his arm and leg, City of Miami Fire Rescue Ignatius Carroll Jr. said. His mom wasn't injured.

"The lady in the house came out to try and drag the dog away," neighbor Maday Rosales said.

Witnesses said they immediately tried to help the boy.

"I was running back & forth looking for pipe or a piece of wood or something -- I didn't find anything," Rudy Rosales said.

Another witnesses told Local 10 News that the boy was bleeding and crying before paramedics arrived.

Meanwhile, the dog owner told Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg that the dog somehow got out of the house.

"The door was left ajar somehow?" Milberg asked.

"We always keep the door closed. I don't know what happened," The owner, identified as Carlos said.

Carlos said the 6-year-old American bulldog also attacked a delivery person who came to the door a couple of weeks ago. But he maintains that his dog is not dangerous.

The boy was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was in stable condition.

Animal control cited the dog owner and allowed the animal to stay in the home.

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About the Author:

Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."