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Dog kennelled after biting child outside High River school

A student was injured by a dog on a pathway behind Joe Clark School in High River on Tuesday.
A student was injured by a dog on a pathway behind Joe Clark School in High River on Tuesday. Jill Croteau/Global News

A dog has been kennelled after RCMP say it attacked and bit a young girl outside a High River school earlier this week.

The nine-year-old girl was just off the Joe Clark School grounds during her recess break on Tuesday when she saw a woman walking a dog behind the school, police said.

Investigators said the girl approached the pair asking if she could pet the dog and the woman replied yes. Police said the dog jumped on the student, injuring her.

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RCMP said in a news release the owner left the area, adding the extent of the child’s injuries weren’t known until she got back to the school.

The child sustained bruising to her face and a small puncture wound to her jaw, police said late Friday afternoon.

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Police were able to identify the owner and said other witnesses to the incident came forward with information. Officers said the dog was put in a kennel as the investigation continues, adding “all involved parties have been cooperative with the police.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact RCMP at 403-653-2357 or to contact Crime Stoppers.

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