Dog that bit boy in Murietta won't be euthanized

MURRIETA, Calif. - Animal control authorities say a dog that bit a 3-year-old boy on the face inside a Riverside County hardware store last month will not be euthanized because it was determined that its former owner was irresponsible.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday that the Akita named Chester has been taken in by an Akita rescue facility.

Chester's former owner, 62-year-old Robert Steven Kahn, was arrested Jan. 2 on suspicion of criminal negligence and later released on $5,000 bail.

Police say Kahn left the scene after the dog bit the boy at a Lowe's store in Murietta Dec. 28. He was identified by surveillance video footage.

The young victim received 50 stitches at a local hospital and additional treatment at a children's hospital in San Diego County. His father says the boy is recovering.

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