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Bitten teen in fair condition

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 2000

TAMPA -- The 17-year-old Plant City girl attacked by her family's pack of pet Rottweilers was in fair condition Thursday at Tampa General Hospital.

Tanya West, a senior at Plant City High, had been playing with the four dogs Wednesday when authorities say the animals turned on her outside the family home near Clay Gulley Creek.

Trouble started when she tried to pull the sole male dog among the group back to his pen, according to officials at Hillsborough County Animal Control.

The male dog started to growl, so Tanya let go. But all four dogs turned on the teenage girl as she tried to run into the house. They bit her more than 100 times on the face, arms and legs, all within one minute. The dogs dragged her 50 feet before her 20-year-old brother came running to save her.

Tanya was flown to Tampa General Hospital and remained there Thursday night. A young man at the her home said the family wished not to comment about the incident.

The Rottweilers were immediately killed by toxic injection, a requirement under Florida law for any dogs found to have inflicted severe injuries.

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