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Tampa girl out of hospital after dog attack

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"Little Buck" at Hillsborough County Animal Services "Little Buck" at Hillsborough County Animal Services

The 8-year-old girl bitten by a Staffordshire Terrier on Mother's Day weekened in Progress Village, was discharged from Tampa General Hospital Monday.

Looking at the 2-year-old, male American Staffordshire Terrier named "Little Buck" it's hard to imagine he's capable of inflicting serious injures on anyone. But that's what Hillsborough Animal Services investigators say happened at a home in Progress Village after a hug turned into tragedy.

Hillsborough Fire Rescue crews arrived to find 8-year-old Sade Carter bitten in the head and face. "It appears that the child was at the house, wasn't playing with the dog or doing anything to the dog, the dog just all of the sudden, just attacked her," said Ronnie Rivera with Hillsborough Fire Rescue.

Turns out, Carter's mother was dog-sitting "Little Buck" at the time of the bite. Sade's mother had to pull the dog off her daughter. 

"It was not their dog. They were actually taking care of this dog. I believe the dog was owned by a family member," said Rivera.

Hillsborough Animal Services Investigator Cpl. M.J. Maruca said the bite is bad. 

"She had a bite in the back of the head and the dog like grabbed onto her like this from the side," said Maruca, motioning a clasp on the side of her head to simulate the bite.  She says "Little Buck" is a non-neutered male, which can make him aggressive. 

"I would say that the majority of the bites that I deal with are from animals that have not been altered. They have not been spayed. They have not been neutered. The hormones have a very very powerful affect on the animal's behavior," said Cpl. Maruca.

She says some dog owners resist "fixing" their animals, fearing it will alter their behavior in a negative way. 

"It calms them down a little bit so that things don't go crazy. I've seen so many instances where an intact male dog will go, he'll go all dog all of the sudden, if there's an intact female around and somebody gets close by," she said.

As far as what happens to "Little Buck", investigators say it's too early to say.

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