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Two girls bitten by pit bulls in Tamaqua

  • ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A 9-year-old girl is taken to the hospital Monday evening after a family pet, a 1-year-old pit bull, bit her in the face while they were playing together at their home on Penn Street in Tamaqua. This was the second of…
    ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A 9-year-old girl is taken to the hospital Monday evening after a family pet, a 1-year-old pit bull, bit her in the face while they were playing together at their home on Penn Street in Tamaqua. This was the second of two separate incidents in Tamaqua recently in which a child was bitten by a pit bull.
Published May 01. 2013 05:04PM

Tamaqua police reported two separate incidents recently involving two girls being bitten by pit bulls.

The first occurred Saturday after police spotted a pit bull running loose on Hazle Street. After a brief search, police found the dog on Laurel Street and eventually captured him at the old CVS building along US209.

They added that Brian Neifert assisted in the search for the dog. Shortly after the chase and capture, police were notified that a 17-year-old girl was recently admitted to St. Luke's Hospital, Coaldale, after being bitten by the same dog.

The dog belonged to Neifert's girlfriend, Leslie Kunkel, of 650 E. Broad St. Officer Karl Harig said that citations are expected to be given.

The second incident occurred Monday evening at a row home located at 159 Penn St. Police were called to that address after a 9-year-old was bitten in the face by a family pet. Upon arrival police noted that the dog was a pit bull. The girl was taken via Tamaqua Ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital. The mother, Vicki Valentine, told police that the dog bit the girl in the face while she was playing with the dog. Harig stated they are awaiting documentation to determine if charges can be filed.

Police added that all parties are cooperating. The extent of injuries for both girls was unknown as of press time today.

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