Family Seeking Answers After Dog Bites Their Child

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

"The health department and state law says it has to be quarantined, but it also says it can be at a owner's home," said Garriott.

A Simpson County family is seeking answers after a dog bit their daughter.

Cheyenne Haney was playing at her cousin's house on April 20th, when a girl in the neighborhood asked her to come and play in her yard.

"I went there because a little girl said, hey do you want to play with me, and I said sure. She said, do you want to go play on the swing set, and I said yeah, and the dog bit me," said bitten child Cheyenne Haney.

She says it bit her in its owners yard. After the bite was reported, her father says it was taken to the local shelter, and back home within two days, leaving him with questions.

"Why the dog was let lose, and who authorized it," said father of bitten child,Dustin Haney.

The Simpson County Animal Shelter says a deputy dropped it off that weekend, and the owners arrived Monday.

"We contacted the health department. They gave us their name, cell phone number, the health department's number and told us we could release the dog to the owner, and to please have the owner call them and they would go over the regulations and what was required to home quarantine," said Simpson County Animal Shelter Director Ruth Garriott.

Garriott says state law requires the animal to be quarantined for 10 days after biting a human.

"The health department and state law says it has to be quarantined, but it also says it can be at a owner's home," said Garriott.

The health department examines the dog and is supposed to inform the family if it has rabies, but the Haney's had Cheyenne receive shots as a precaution.

"When the dog bit me, it really did hurt, but when I got the shots it hurt even worse than the bite. I just don't want it to happen to another girl that's much younger," said Cheyenne Haney.

Dustin Haney says he loves animals, but thinks quarantining them after a bite is not enough.

The Simpson County Attorney wouldn't speak about this situation specifically, but says owners can only be cited under the state's vicious dog statute if the bite occurred outside their property, but says that doesn't rule out other charges.

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