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Child bitten in face by dog in Wallingford

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WALLINGFORD — A child was bitten in the face by an English bulldog.

Officers said they responded to the area of Simpson Avenue Friday evening, on calls of a 1-year-old who was severely bitten in the face by a dog while being pushed in a stroller. The 61-year-old grandfather and a 6-year-old child were also attacked as they walked past the home of the dog.

The three people were found sitting in a back seat of a car on Center Street. Police said the car stopped to help the victims.

Police responded to a 911 call and found the child to have severe injuries to the head and face and was taken to Yale Pediatric Hospital for treatment. The 6-year-old was bitten near the buttocks, and the grandfather sustained minor injuries.

According to the dog’s owner, the grandfather started to yell at the dog when it approached him and the children. The grandfather was pulling the stroller away when the dog attacked the child.

The dog’s owner is cooperating with police, and the dog is under quarantine with Wallingford Animal Control. The name of the dog owner is being withheld.

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