Spared pit bull mix attacks teen; euthanized hours later

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Posted: Sep 08, 2015 7:45 AM

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a pit bull mix deemed "sociable" on behavioral tests was euthanized after viciously attacking his new owner's teenage daughter on the day he was brought home.

Newsday says (http://nwsdy.li/1KXRcU4 ) 40-year-old Stephen Neira bought Alex on Thursday after seeing him on a website for rescuing "death row" pets.

Alex was scheduled to be put down in 22 minutes when Neira bought him at the Animal Care Centers of New York City.

He took the 42-pound dog to his Patchogue home Sunday where officials say Alex attacked his 16-year-old daughter, sinking his teeth into her face and throat.

The girl remained hospitalized Monday after undergoing plastic surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Suffolk police tranquilized Alex and took him to the Brookhaven animal shelter, where the 2-year-old canine was euthanized.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com