Owner cited after dog bites two-year-old in face

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Richmond Police cited a woman Thursday after they say her dog bit a child in the face. That woman tells WKYT her dog has been around children for years and never had any problems in the past.

"He's a pit bull, sweet and gentle," Billie Martin said while describing her dog, Snoop.

Martin has had Snoop for almost six years. She says in that time he's never bitten anyone, until Thursday when she was visiting her sister. Richmond police say he sent Martin's two-year-old nephew to the hospital after biting him in the face.

"He was provoked. Kids are going to be kids, they were pulling and poking at him and he had taken too much," Martin said.

She says what happened was an anomaly, but police say it was criminal. They've cited her with harboring a vicious animal.

"It was scary, I didn't know what to think, I didn't know if the cops were going to take him then and there," Martin said.

Martin's nephew was taken by ambulance to UK Hospital. Police say he had a large wound on the side of his head from the bite. The child's parents said they didn't wish to speak to the media about the attack.

Snoop will be quarantined for 10 days before officials decide what to do with him.

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