American Bulldog Bit 5-Year-Old, Teacher at Hamden School

An American bulldog bit a 5-year-old child and a teacher at a Hamden school on Wednesday morning.

Police said a 46-year-old Hamden man was bringing his son to Helen Street School around 8:30 a.m. and the 7 month-old dog jumped out of the vehicle, followed the little boy into the school and bit a 5-year-old student in the leg.

The assistant superintendent said the students got excited about seeing a puppy in the building and the child suffered a minor injuries.

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Police said a teacher who tried to get control of the dog was also bitten and sustained an injury to her finger. The assistant superintendent said the teacher suffered a minor nip and the puppy was up to date on its shots.

Another teacher was able to get the dog away from the child and the 5-year-old was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Police said the animal control division brought the dog to the North Haven Animal Shelter for an off-property quarantine, which state law requires for 14 days.

NBC Connecticut went to the home of the dog's owner but no one answered a knock at the door.

Police said they expect to file charges, which could include roaming and two counts of animal nuisance.  The penalty for those charges would be fines, according to police.

After the 14-day quarantine, police said they expect the dog will be returned to its owner.

The Animal Control Division is investigating and anyone with information is asked to call Animal Control Officer Christopher Smith at (203) 230-4080.

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