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175-pound dog attacks St. Paul toddler

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A little girl is recovering after a family dog grabbed her by the head, biting her face and seriously wounding the area around her eye.

The dog owner's yard is full of children's toys, and kids spent a lot of time with the family pet.

The dog, named Blue, was a 175-pound presa canario mastiff.

Police are saying a 14-year old was playing with the dog when the owner's 18-month old granddaughter apparently startled it.

The mastiff grabbed the toddler by the head and bit her face, cutting her above the eye and puncturing her eyelid.

According to St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Paulos, the owner of the dog voluntarily surrendered the dog and police to "do what you have to do."

City records show this is the dog's third attack on a child in the family in the past two years.

In the first case, the dog jerked it's head and punctured a little boy's face.

Then, back in March, the dog attacked the same little boy, scratching him and cutting his mouth and arm.

The city declared the dog dangerous two months ago, but the owner filed an appeal and was waiting for a ruling when the little girl was hurt.

The dog is now being quarantined at animal control for the next ten days.

It's up to the St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspection to decide if the dog should be put down. Inspectors say it doesn't appear the owner wants the dog back in the home.

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