SANTA MONICA—A press release from the Santa Monica Police Department reported that an 8-year-old girl was bitten by pit bulls at a residence from the 1800 block on 21st Street at around 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 20.
The SMPD responded to a distress call made from the residence, and according to the release, after examination they found that the girl “sustained non-life threatening bite wounds to her left shoulder area, her left foot and calf, and left buttocks.” She was transported to a local hospital to receive stitches. Sergeant Jay Moroso of the SMPD told Canyon News that the recovery period needed for the girl’s wounds to heal is unknown.
The three dogs involved in the incident have been taken by the SMPD’s Animal Control Unit for a 10-day quarantine, during which “[the unit will wait] to see if the victim develops rabies”, said Sgt. Moroso. The pit bulls will be returned to the owners after this period. Sgt. Moroso has informed Canyon News that the dogs have not been reported for biting any other humans or other animals.
During the incident, the pit bulls at the residence were not restrained, and Sgt. Moroso informed Canyon News that according to the girl’s mother, her daughter was “startled/scared and ran.” The victim is currently recuperating at home and her mother has informed the press that her daughter is “in considerable pain because of the bites.” The police have found no evidence of criminal conduct committed by the dog owners.