MANATEE -- A 14-year-old girl was attacked by a large dog, possibly a Saint Bernard, and suffered several bite wounds as she rode her bicycle in the 8200 block of 15th Street East north of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport about 7 p.m. Tuesday, an official with Manatee Animal Services said.
The dog was on a leash but broke away from its owner to attack the teen. The owner regained control of the dog, put it into a dark-colored Toyota RAV 4 and drove away, a witness said.
Officials are asking that the owner of the dog contact Animal Services at 941-742-5933 with vaccination records for the dog. Otherwise, the bite victim will have to undergo a series of rabies shots.
The mother of the teen told the Bradenton Herald her No. 1 concern is helping her daughter avoid the rabies shots if possible.
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"We have 10 days before she has to get the rabies shots," the mother said.
The attack was investigated by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Animal Services.