A La Vista man could be required to euthanize his dog after it attacked a young girl last week.
The 6-year-old was bitten March 18 near 76th Street and Susan Avenue, said Kristie Biodrowski, field director for the Nebraska Humane Society.
The girl reached over a fence to pet a Rottweiler, who bit her. She was taken to a hospital for puncture wounds to her arm and later released.
The dog is about 2 years old and current with licenses and vaccinations, Biodrowski said.
Robert Mattox Sr., 51, was ticketed for owning a dangerous animal, a misdemeanor that carries a $500 fine and up to six months in prison.
Mattox is scheduled to appear in court May 1.
If the dog is declared dangerous, Mattox could be required to muzzle it when taken outside and keep it kenneled, according to city code.
Mattox would be required to spay or neuter, microchip and license his dog as a dangerous or potentially dangerous animal within 30 days. He would also require a $100,000 or greater liability insurance policy to cover any future injuries.
If Mattox does not comply with those requirements, the city could order the dog destroyed.
— World-Herald News Service