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KCSO: Dog attacks 7-month-old baby; child taken to hospital

The baby was attacked around noon Saturday in Heiskell. The child was in stable condition during their last check according to KCSO.

HEISKELL, Tenn. — Knox County Sheriff's Office and Animal Control are investigating an animal attack after a dog attacked a 7-month-old baby.

KCSO officers responded to a report of a dog bite on Saturday just after noon in the 9500 block of Depot Road in Heiskell.

According to the incident report, a deputy arrived to find the baby had several injuries to their head, chest and shoulder -- saying they found blood on the floor. The child was taken to the hospital for treatment and was in stable condition during the baby's last check.

When deputies spoke with the dog's owners -- identified as the child's grandparents -- they explained the dog had shown "a little aggression," but had never bitten anyone as far as they were aware. Deputies said they noticed one of the grandmother had deep injuries on her hands after the attack.

The owners said they had noticed the dog had become jealous of the baby, so they kept them apart whenever the child came over. 

They said they received the dog from a flooring customer, who told them the dog had previously been with a drug dealer and was taken from a bad situation.

Deputies said the owners also told them the dog had not been properly vaccinated for rabies or been to a veterinarian. 

The owners said they wanted the dog to be put to sleep. 

Animal control officers captured the dog with a catch pole as the owners kept it inside a bathroom, saying the owners told them it wasn't leash trained.

KCSO Family Crimes Unit and Animal Control are looking into the attack. The investigation is still ongoing.

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