Official: Akita involved in mauling 9-month-old Tempe girl has been euthanized

TEMPE, AZ - Authorities say a dog that left a 9-month-old Tempe girl with critical injuries has been euthanized.

Melissa Gable with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said the body of the Akita named Bellah will be sent to the state lab for rabies testing. Results are expected next week.

Police said the dog got through a gate into a room where the little girl had been left alone for a brief time on Tuesday.

Police said the mother heard the girl screaming and found her bleeding from the head with the dog sitting next to her.

The mother told police she tried to call 911 but wasn’t able to make the call so got into her vehicle to drive her daughter to the hospital.

On the way she was involved in an accident with another vehicle and was able to get another driver to take her and the baby to Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa.

When the mother realized she was on the wrong side of the hospital she flagged down another driver to take them to the pediatric emergency department.

Police said the little girl was in critical condition when she was admitted to the hospital.

On Friday, Tempe police Sgt. Mike Pooley said the girl remains in critical but stable condition.

Police said the dog has a history of biting family members, including the mother and another child.

Child Protective Services was called in to investigate, according to police.

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