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Update: Dog Attacks Pregnant Woman, Lunges at Animal Control

7:45 PM, Mar 23, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A pregnant woman, who was attacked by a pit bull in Arlington this morning, was treated for cuts to her head.

A 2-and-a-half-year-old dog named Midnight was chained in the yard of a home in the 900 block of North Street in Arlington, police said.

According to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sgt. M. Miller, the dog broke the chain holding it and attacked a pregnant woman, causing lacerations to her head. The woman was taken to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The woman was at the home handling business for the resident who lived there and is hospitalized. She was at the mailbox when the attack occurred, said the owner of the dog.

Midnight barked and lunged at animal control officers trying to take the dog away. His owner, as well as neighbors, said the dog was never a problem.

Police and animal control have no have past complaints on the dog.

"He's usually in the front yard and the owner is always with him, and he's always chained or on a leash of some sort.  But he's always right there with him," said Dianne Whitehead, who works near the home.

Police said the dog was current on its shots.  Midnight is currently with animal control. 

The State Attorney's Office is investigating and will decide if any charges should be filed in the case.

First Coast News

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