Akita owners ask for dog to be put down, tested fo rabies after Tempe toddler mauled

TEMPE, AZ - The owners of an Akita dog that attacked their toddler have requested that the dog be euthanized and tested for rabies, according to officials with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

The dog mauled the 9-month-old girl in Tempe Wednesday after it knocked down a fence, Tempe police Sgt. Mike Pooley said.

The toddler was in extremely critical condition with severe head injuries as of Wednesday, authorities said.

The dog apparently had a history of violent attacks, and authorities were considering charging the owners with child endangerment because of that history.

The dog is quarantined at the West shelter in Phoenix, and animal control authorities will contact the state lab next to see if they’ll approve of euthanizing the dog and rabies testing. This request will most likely be approved, Melissa Gable of MCACC says.

Gable says the rabies test results likely won’t come back until early next week.

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