Child bitten in face by dog near SW Miami-Dade house

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A child was bitten in the face by her dog outside of a Southwest Miami-Dade home.

7Skyforce HD hovered over the scene as a lone police cruiser was seen on the scene along 5000 block of Southwest 99th Avenue, Tuesday afternoon.

According to a relative, the 7-year-old girl and her dog were playing with a ball in her front yard in Southwest Miami-Dade. The child’s grandmother believes the dog meant to bite the ball but got the child’s face instead.

“The dog isn’t aggressive,” the child’s grandmother said via a translator. She did not wish to show her face. “She was playing here, with the dog and the ball.”

That’s when the 10-year-old bull terrier bit the girl in the face. “She screamed, ‘Macho!’ [the dog’s name]” said the grandmother. Her family soon came running.

Miami-Dade Police and fire rescue responded to the home just before 4 p.m.

MDFR transported the child to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Animal Services also arrived to the scene to investigate, but Macho was not removed from the home. “Because he has his papers, his chip, everything,” said the grandmother.

She said the family has had the dog for more than four years and have never had any problems with the pet.

“She wasn’t crying or anything but grabbing her face,” the grandmother said.

The family has sent the dog to stay with the child’s aunt. The child had a small procedure on her face, but her grandmother said it was not serious.

Animal Services had wrapped up their investigation by 6:30 p.m.

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