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Girl 'mauled' by dog while giving money to homeless woman on the Upper West Side: police

Posted at 6:47 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 19:03:19-05

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — A 7-year-old girl was bitten in the face by a dog as she bent over to give money to a homeless woman on the Upper West Side on Thursday afternoon, police said.

The girl's 35-year-old mother had given her a dollar around 3:40 p.m. at West 79th Street and Broadway, officials said. The homeless woman was on the sidewalk with her dog.

When the girl bent down to give the woman money, the dog jumped up and "mauled" the girl's face, police said.

She was bleeding from the face and had lacerations when police arrived, officials said.

Animal Control Centers took the dog and the homeless woman is being questioned at a police precinct. It's unclear if any charges have been filed against her.

The girl was taken to a local hospital for treatment.