WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A father says his 20-month-old daughter is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing a major surgery that took place when the family dog bit her in the face at a home off of Southgate Road Thursday.
The dog was adopted from Raleigh Wednesday night, and the victim's father says that the first night the dog was in the family's care, it acted fine.
However, he says that Thursday morning, his wife took the canine to a veterinarian, where the vet gave it a temperament test and recommended that the family find another home for it.
As soon as his wife got in the car, she started calling around, trying to get someone to come pick up the dog.
When his wife and two children returned home from the vet's office, she continued calling people, and that's when he says the dog attacked the child.
According to father, the victim was not playing with the dog -- it just snapped.
He says his wife then put the dog into a bathroom until animal control came and removed it.
Police said that no one will face charges in what turned out to be a terrible accident.
Following Thursday's surgery, the victim was released from the hospital Friday morning.
The father added that the family previously owned another boxer, but it died last year.
Sgt. Brewer with the NHC Sheriff's Office said according to Lt. Evers with animal control, it was one of the worst dog bite cases they have ever seen.
A WPD told detective told Sgt. Brewer a tooth and part of a gum were found at the scene.
"Every few years, you hear stories about someone's child getting attacked by a dog, so every time, it makes you want to keep a closer eye out, but it won't change how people love their pets," said nearby neighbor Ricky Cobia.
The dog will be quarantined for 10 days. If the owners don't claim it, it will be put down.