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Bellport girl attacked by dog is in intensive care, authorities say

Suffolk County police patrol officers airlift a victim

Suffolk County police patrol officers airlift a victim after a dog attack Wednesday in Bellport. Credit: Andrew Tetreault

A 7-year-old girl was in a hospital intensive care unit after a dog mauled her arm and left two others with puncture wounds in their Bellport home, authorities said Thursday.

The girl was playing Wednesday evening with a mixed breed dog, possibly with pit bull or mastiff genes, when the canine “mutilated” her arm with repeated bites in her Bieselin Road home, said Gregory C. Miglino Jr., who responded as chief of South Country Ambulance.

“Greg, get in here with a tourniquet,” Miglino said a Suffolk officer shouted to him. “It was a brutal scene. There were people bleeding all over.”

Suffolk police said the girl’s mother tried to pull the dog off her daughter and was bitten.

Then a man who lives in the house and was dogsitting the canine hit the animal over the head with a shovel, police said.

The dog then ran out into the backyard, where Brookhaven Town animal control officers were able to put him in a cage and take it to the animal shelter, police said.

The girl was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was in critical condition Wednesday night in the pediatric intensive care unit and needed surgery, Miglino said.

South Country Ambulance took the mother to Stony Brook also and transported the man to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue. Both had cuts and puncture wounds that were not life threatening, Miglino said.

No official information was available late Thursday about the conditions of the three victims.

But a person who answered the phone at the house Thursday identified himself as the owner’s son said the girl was “projected to make a full recovery.”

He declined to give his name and said the dog belonged to a “family member’s friend.”

Town spokesman Jack Krieger said the dog was being kept on a 10-day “bite hold” for safekeeping and evaluation.

If the owner wants the canine back and the town deems the dog dangerous, a hearing would have to be held, Krieger said.

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