Update, Tuesday, Aug 23: Reached by phone Greenwich Animal Control officer Suzanne Carlin explained the protocol for dog bites.
Specifically she said that if a dog bites someone inside the home, the dog will then be quarantined in the home. If a dog bites someone off the property, the dog will be quarantined off the property. “They can quarantine the dog at a kennel, a boarding facility or with their vet or at animal control,” she said.
Carlin said that after the quarantine, animal control will check on the dog, talk to the owners, and possibly suggest hiring a trainer.
Original Story, Aug 22, 5:00pm: A 12-year old girl was bitten in the face by the pet dog of a cousin she was visiting on North Water Street over the weekend.
According to Greenwich Police, on Friday around 6:30pm, the visiting cousin was playing with the dog in her relative’s home when the dog bit her. The girl suffered a laceration to the face.
According to the police investigating the incident, the girl had done nothing to provoke the bite, and the dog’s owner said the dog had never been aggressive before. The dog had a license with the Town and was up to date on rabies vaccination.
The dog will be quarantined within the family home for 14 days.
This story will be updated when a call to Greenwich Animal Control is returned.