Anchorage girl dies two days after pit bull mauling

Incident was one of two dog attacks on children within a week

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A 6-year-old Anchorage girl has died from injuries suffered after being attacked by a pit bull, police said Monday. It was the second dog attack on a child within a week.

Isis Krieger died two days after the Aug. 12 attack by the family pet, a pit bull named Dozer, at the family's East Anchorage home, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

The dog attacked both the girl and her baby sitter, neighbor Kristine Smith, 20, while the girl's mother was at work.

Smith ran outside for help, and her roommate, Troy Danforth, shot and wounded the dog.

The family surrendered the dog that night to animal control, which euthanized it.

Krieger had undergone surgery at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Danforth said Smith was treated for her injuries and released.

In the other incident, a small boy was treated for puncture wounds on his arm and hand after a neighbor's dog - a pit bull mix - attacked him Sunday.

The boy's name has not been released. The attack occurred in an alley of the city's Government Hill neighborhood.

Anchorage police describe the dog as half Labrador, half pit bull. Animal control left the scene without the dog.

"The boy was riding one of those push-scooters down the alley, and the owner was bringing the dog back home and was walking in the alley with the dog off-leash," police officer Cole Grigg said. "The dog peeled away and went for the boy."

The boy was taken to the hospital with puncture wounds on both sides of one arm and hand. "There was a lot of blood," Grigg said.

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