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18-month-old baby recovering from dog attack

Updated: 03/21/2014 8:16 PM
Created: 03/21/2014 3:46 PM WHEC.com

An 18-month old baby is recovering after being attacked by a dog in Groveland, Livingston County.

Sheriff’s deputies say a woman called 911 screaming Thursday morning.  911 dispatchers sent emergency crews to the home and when sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found an 18-month-old baby, who had a dog bite to the face.

The baby was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. There's no update on the baby's condition, but police say the injuries are not expected to be life threatening.

Sheriff’s deputies say the mother of the baby was also taken to the hospital.  Sheriff’s deputies say she had a bite on her arm after she went in to stop the attack. Police say a second dog was also involved and had started fighting with the first dog.

The two dogs have been euthanized. 

The family released a statement saying, "We, the family of Zen Merkel, wish to thank the community for the outpouring of support and prayers. Our sole focus is on our child's recovery. We understand the news media's interest, but are unprepared to speak further at this time. We appreciate your respect for our privacy during this very difficult time." 





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