Londonderry first-grader hurt in dog attack
LONDONDERRY - A 6-year-old Londonderry girl is recovering from severe facial injuries after being bitten by a neighbor's dog on Easter night.
Local police and fire officials were called to the Winterwood Drive condominium development just after 9 p.m., where a resident reported his daughter had been bitten by a pit bull mix earlier that evening.
According to police, the little girl was playing outside when she fell on top of the dog. The first-grader, who suffered severe bite wounds on her face, was taken to Elliot Hospital in Manchester.
Londonderry Police Lt. Tim Jones said the dog, owned by John and Lisa Palmieri, was immediately taken into quarantine. No charges have been filed against the owners.
The quarantine was a necessary precaution when the owners were unable to immediately produce vaccination records, police said. Jones said the animal's owners are being cooperative.
"They're trying to locate the paperwork right now," he said.
No one answered the door at the Palmieri residence Monday; attempts to reach the couple by phone were unsuccessful.
Police did not release the young victim's name, but South Elementary School Principal Linda Boyd confirmed the girl is a student at her school.
Boyd said she'd been in touch with the girl's parents and was told the first-grader has been released from the hospital and is home recovering from her injuries.
According to Jones, the dog growled at police officers when they arrived Sunday night. But he said the dog wasn't acting aggressively when he was fed at the police kennels Monday morning.
A Winterwood Drive resident who did not want his name used said neighbors are familiar with the Palmieri pet.
"I don't think this comes as any surprise to anyone in this neighborhood," he said.
It's unclear whether the condo association has rules concerning the keeping of pets considered aggressive or of a certain size or breed. A call made to Evergreen Property Management, the Bedford firm that manages the Londonderry condo development, was not returned.