Warren Co. teen suffers hand laceration in dog attack

UPDATE @ 2:28 p.m.

Clearcreek Sgt. Curt Hensley said a 16-year-old girl suffered a bite to her left wrist when she attempted to break up a dogfight at her Ridgeville home Saturday afternoon.

Her father, Joshua Burnett, told our newsroom his daughter is being released from the hospital in a cast and will receive further treatment at Southview Hand and Orthopedic Center.

Hensley said the dog that attacked the teen was in the yard on a leash when it became involved in a fight with another dog at the address.

Burnett said the family has four dogs at their home that have been provoked by his father’s dog in the past.

UPDATE @ 2:11 p.m.

The father of a Warren County teen bitten by a dog said his daughter is at Kettering Emergency Center in Franklin with a serious hand injury. 

The 16-year-old suffered a severe laceration to her left wrist that may require a hand specialist, according to her father Joshua Burnett. 

Burnett told our newsroom his father owns the dog that attacked his daughter. He said the same dog attacked him years ago. 

"This has been a long, embroiled family issue [...] I've got scars and marks around my right knee from when [the dog] bit me," Burnett said. 

Burnett said he lives with his daughter at the Ridgeville home where she was attacked Saturday afternoon. 

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Burnett said his father, who lives in Waynesville, was at the house with the dog while picking up items for a family member. 

Doctors told Burnett they are concerned about nerve damage his daughter may have suffered in the attack. 

Burnett said the Warren County dog warden has begun an investigation.


Police are responding to a Ridgeville home after a teen was reportedly bitten by a dog Saturday afternoon. 

Crews were sent to the 6400 block of West Street after a caller reported a 16-year-old girl had suffered a dog bite. 

Initial reports indicate a family member is driving the teen to the hospital while the dog warden is called to the house. 

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The teen's injuries have been described as significant, according to scanner traffic. 

Initial reports indicate the dog has attacked a family member in the past. 

Our newsroom is working to confirm multiple details in this developing story.

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