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A 2-year-old Castro Valley girl has been placed under the care of child protective services and her parents were arrested after she was bit by a dog early this morning, Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. At about 3:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office responded to Eden Medical Center, where paramedics initially took the toddler for treatment of severe lacerations to her face resulting from the attack.
Nelson said the girl was transferred to Oakland Children’s Hospital for treatment of what authorities believe are not life-threatening injuries. Sheriff’s detectives responded to the girl’s home in the 21000 block of Gary Drive, where the attack occurred, and found what Nelson called “abysmal” conditions. Dangerous items were found in the home within the girl’s reach, along with spoiled food and feces, Nelson said.
“Detectives determined it was endangering the child to live in such conditions,” Nelson said, so the girl was placed in protective custody and her parents were arrested. The dog, a pit bull-German shepherd mix, was taken to the East County Animal Shelter, the county’s animal control center, where it will remain under quarantine for 10 days to determine whether it is infected with rabies, Nelson said.
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