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The 20-month-old boy bit in the face by a pit bull in Manheim Township may leave the hospital Friday, a family member said.

The boy’s grandmother’s dog bit him in the face Monday afternoon inside her home in the 1500 block of Fruitville Pike, township police Chief Neil Harkins said.

A family member briefly talked with a reporter by phone Thursday but declined to give her name.

“He’s fine,” she said of the boy. “He’s doing great. He was on an I.V. and has soreness. He’s walking around.”

The family hopes he will be well enough to leave the hospital Friday, she said.

She did not reveal the extent of the injury and declined to say anything more about the incident.

Details are not known because police have not interviewed the grandmother, Harkins said Thursday. He said he did not know the severity of the boy’s injury or his condition at the hospital.

Richard Hess, a state dog warden, is also investigating.

Harkins and Hess said they had nothing new to report about the incident Thursday.

After the dog bite, the child was taken by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital and later transported to the Hershey Medical Center, Harkins said.

Responding police officers felt the dog was aggressive, seized it and took it to the Lancaster County SPCA.

The dog was a purebred pit bull and was “extremely aggressive” at the SPCA, Director Susan Martin said. With the owner’s permission, the SPCA euthanized the dog on Tuesday.



Ryan Robinson is a police reporter and Voices columnist for Lancaster Newspapers. He can be reached at rrobinson@lnpnews.com or (717) 481-6032. You can also follow @RyanRobinsonLNP on Twitter.

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