By Carol Tannenhauser
The seven-year-old girl who was bitten in the face by a homeless woman’s dog while offering the woman money is “doing well and able to attend school,” Captain Neil Zuber, commander of the 20th Precinct, told WSR on Wednesday.
The incident occurred on February 27th, on the southwest corner of 79th Street and Broadway.
“The girl was treated at the hospital and released to her family with minor injuries,” Captain Zuber said. “I sat with her in the Emergency Room for quite a while and she is very sweet, was interacting with us, and shared several laughs with us. (She even drew me a unicorn!)
“The homeless woman was cooperative and voluntarily came to the precinct to aid in the investigation,” the captain continued. “She was not charged with any crimes. The dog was transported from the scene to the SPCA, where it was held for testing and evaluation (still ongoing.)”
Captain Zuber, who took command of the 20th Precinct in February, said the police “do not have a record of any issues that suggested this would ever happen. Many have said they have had good interactions with the homeless woman and her dog. I’ve not heard anyone say that specific dog was ever aggressive or any kind of problem.”