|Published:||May 13, 2013 2:26 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 13, 2013 2:26 PM EDT|
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - An 8-year-old girl is recovering at home after she was attacked by dog Sunday afternoon in Tampa.
The girl was taken to Tampa General Hospital after the American Staffordshire Terrier named Young Buck bit her.
Family members told Tampa Bay area television station Bay News 9 (http://bit.ly/14fW7aZ ) the dog bit the girl on the head.
Officials from the Hillsborough County Animal Services took the dog to one of its facilities.
"We still have to interview the child who is recovering and is obviously medicated," said animal services spokeswoman Marti Ryan.
Family members told the television station the girl did nothing to provoke the dog, which the family was taking care of.
"It appears when they were inside the home, the dog attacked the child, and the mother actually had to pull the dog off of the child," Ronnie Rivera of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, told the television station.
Family members reported the girl had puncture wounds on the back of her head and injuries to the side of the face. The injuries were considered serious, but not life-threatening.
No one else was injured in the attack.
Animal services officials said the dog is a male and had not been neutered, which can sometimes cause dogs to be more aggressive.
An investigation continues.
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