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Dog that bit Lancaster girl in December is captured

January 23, 2012 | 12:30 pm

A dog that bit a 3-year-old girl in Lancaster has been caught nearly a month after it ran away from animal control officers, officials said Monday. 

The white pit bull-Labrador mix ran into a yard the morning of Dec. 21 and bit the young girl in the face. The dog was scared off by an adult family member and the child was taken to a hospital, said Evelina Villa, an outreach worker for the L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control.

Animal control officers transferred an off-road vehicle from another animal care center to the Lancaster Center to help track the dog, which eluded officers last month by running into the desert near the neighborhood.

“Fortunately, we have been able to track the dog’s travel patterns over the past few weeks. A team of county animal control officers were able to catch the dog over the weekend while it was heading back toward the desert from a local Lancaster neighborhood,” Animal Control Director Marcia Mayeda said in a statement.

The Lancaster Animal Care Center is holding the dog in hopes that its owner will come forward and claim it.

Villa did not specify what would happen to the dog after the usual four-day holding period, nor did she say what fines or citations -- if any -- might be issued to the dog's owner.

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