Update: Girl Bit By Dog Still Hospitalized

A family pet bites two young girls and one of them is badly hurt.

Details of what led up to the incident Wednesday afternoon near 190th and Chandler Road in Sarpy County are still under investigation.

The girl was among three children at the home and the incident took place inside the house.

"Charlie" is a two and a half year old Chesapeake Retriever.

He's being quarantined at the Nebraska Humane Society as a dangerous dog.

Charlie was responsible for attacking two girls aged 11 and ten years old.

"There's no indication they were teasing the dog," Mark Langan of the Nebraska Humane Society said. "The dog had been in a kennel prior to being let out and for some unknown reason, the dog decided to attack maybe didn't know who the ten year old girl was."

The 11-year-old was slightly injured but the ten-year-old girl suffered severe bites on her arm. The dog's teeth opened up several large, deep gashes.

She was taken to Childrens Hospital, where she remains a day later and it appears she's facing a long road to recovery.

The girl's condition is not being released and her parents declined an interview.

Childrens Hospital Emergency Room Doctor Tom Deegan said dog bites can cause extensive damage.

"Dogs will tend to grab and then shake so there's a lot of shearing forces that go on so they create a lot more of extensive cuts that require cosmetic repairs," he said.

Dog bites can be deep.

"As deep as tissue will let it," Dr. Deegan said. "It depends upon the length of their teeth also the force involved as far as the just gripping down into the deeper tissues."

Children tend to recover better than adults from dog bite wounds.

"Scars tend to disappear as they grow, as their skin remodels and so what a scar looks like from any cut six months from now is not what it's going to look like six years from now," Dr. Deegan said.

Charlie will remain at the Humane Society for ten days. As for him returning home, it's too early to tell. That may be determined by the courts.

The dog's owner, Amy Thometz was cited for not having the dog licensed and no record of vaccinations.

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