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New Albany: Dog labeled 'dangerous' after biting incident involving 3-year-old

A dog was declared "dangerous" after New Albany police investigated a biting incident that caused a 3-year-old to get two stitches.

According to police reports, a baby sitter was walking with two children at 4 p.m. July 13 in the 7000 block of Alpath Road.

She was adjusting one of the children's shoes when the 3-year-old went into a front yard about 12 feet from a black Labrador retriever.

She said she heard a scream and turned to see blood on the child's face.

Franklin County Animal Control, operated out of the Franklin County Dog Warden's office, arrived on the scene and cited the dog's owner for failure to control the dog, no license for the dog and no rabies tag.

New Albany interim Police Chief Greg Jones said the dog's owner was out of town and a relative was watching the animal, which is why there was confusion about the licensing and shots.

Police later confirmed the dog had received a rabies shot, the police report said.

The dog also had an invisible fence collar, according to the report.

The dog must now be labeled as "dangerous" and be licensed as such, the report said.

"Any dog that bites is going to be declared dangerous," said dog warden dispatcher Chris Mulvain, unless the dog specifically is provoked.

Mulvain said a dog declared dangerous requires a different license that costs $50 a year. The dog owner must keep the dog in a locked fenced area and always walk the dog on a leash.

The owner also must carry liability insurance on the dog.

The restrictions are listed under Ohio Revised Code section 955.22.

In other recent incident reports from the New Albany Police Department:

* Police arrested a 49-year-old man for OVI, failure to drive in marked lanes and no turn signal at 3 a.m. July 21 at Main and High streets.

* Police arrested a 56-year-old man for OVI and failure to drive in marked lanes at 1:14 a.m. July 21 on state Route 161 and New Albany Road.

* Police arrested a 38-year-old man for possession of drug instruments at 3:15 a.m. July 19 in 7000 block of Central College Road.

* Police arrested a 31-year-old woman for OVI and failure to drive in marked lanes at 3:07 a.m. July 14 on Gilg Street at New Albany Links Drive.

* Police are investigating the theft of an $800 generator that was taken from an open garage in the 7000 block of Dean Farm Road between 11 p.m. July 13 and 10 a.m. July 14.

The garage was left open all night, according to the police report.

* Police are investigating the theft of a computer and bag valued at $2,400 from an unlocked car in the 7000 block of Farmington Close between 4 p.m. July 10 and 7:30 a.m. July 11.