Dog attack: 2-year-old bitten at a playground in Rochester


A Rochester toddler was hospitalized after he was attacked by a dog at a playground this weekend.

Police received a call at 8:05 p.m. last night about a "young child bit by a dog" at Elton Hills Elementary playground in Rochester, authorities at the Rochester Police Department confirmed.

The child was at the park with his mother and the dog owners, whom he lives with, KSTP reported. He was throwing rocks in the air when the dog grabbed his neck, they said.

The boy was rushed to the Mayo Clinic, where he is currently recovering from surgery, according to FOX28.

Officials say the dog was transferred to the Rochester Animal Shelter – typically in these cases the animal will be kept in quarantine for 10 days while being observed for rabies.

The dog was described by police as a "brown and white male pit bull".

The case is still open and no charges have been filed at this time.

Minnesota Dog Bite Law

Minnesota law says the owner of a dog involved in a bite/attack is liable for damages to the person who is injured.

If animal control labels a dog as "dangerous", the owner must register the animal and meet certain requirements under MN statute 347.51.

The city of Minneapolis actually has a "Dangerous Dogs Map" that shows photos and addresses of 40 dogs that have been declared "dangerous."

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