Updated: 04/04/2014 7:50 PM
Created: 04/04/2014 3:37 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean
A two-year-old girl is recovering after being attacked by a service dog. Police say the dog was staying at her family's apartment in Attica. The dog’s owner was there, but is not facing charges.
Police say the attack happened in an upstairs apartment. The child's mother says it happened during a pizza dinner.
Candice Amrhein, girl’s mother, said, “The dog jumped on me. I pushed him away and said, ‘get down'. He got back up. Emilee doesn’t like sharing her pizza either because she was sharing it with me. So she tapped it on the chest twice and said, ‘down’. He got her on the eye, her cheek and her whole cheeks were covered with scratches.”
Candice says she and her brother had to beat the dog to get it to let go. After the attack, the dog and its owner moved into an abandoned business next door.
Police say the dog is a lab shepherd mix.
Attica Police Chief John Palillo says the owner of the dog will not face charges because the dog was allowed in the residence.
Attica Police Chief John Palillo said, “If this had happened in a street situation where the owner had released the dog without a leash on it but then definitely you would have some criminal charges here.”
Amrhein said, “I would never leave my kid alone with a dog anyway because that's how I was raised. You never know when a dog is going to turn.”
There's a hearing next week to determine whether the dog is dangerous and should be put down. Police say the dog is registered, up to date on shots and is a certified service dog. They just don't know what service it provides.
The child, Emilee, is doing better now. Her mom says she's getting her stitches out soon.