Girl hospitalized following dog attack in Schenectady

Three-year-old suffered injuries to her torso and leg area

SCHENECTADY — A young girl was hospitalized on Friday for injuries sustained after being attacked by a pair of canines. 

“She has severe injuries,” said Assistant Schenectady Fire Department Chief Don Mareno. “I’m being told they weren’t life-threatening.”

The girl suffered injuries to her torso and leg area, according city police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing. 

Police documents identify the canines as pitbulls named “Damon” and “Stiyles.”

Schenectady Fire Department responded to 437 Clayton Rd. at approximately 7:48 p.m. on Friday, Mareno said.

The unidentified three-year-old remained hospitalized at Albany Medical Center as of Sunday night, he said.

Efforts to obtain an update on the patient’s status were unsuccessful on Monday afternoon.

Court documents indicate both the victim and dogs resided at the Woodlawn neighborhood residence where the attack occurred. 

Schenectady Animal Hospital seized the two dogs, which remain in police custody, Dearing said.

Each dog is subject to a 10-day quarantine. 

At least one person has been charged in connection with the incident: Salvatore DiNovo, 28, faces misdemeanor charges under state Agricultural and Markets law as well as those in violation of city ordinances, including two counts of having an unlicensed dog and two counts of “unlawful behavior of a dangerous dog.”

The attack was first reported by NewsChannel 13 and the Times Union.

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