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Dog owner ticketed for Watertown farmer’s market attack

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Two tickets were issued against the woman whose dog bit a 2-year-old boy Wednesday at the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce’s Farm and Craft Market on Washington Street.

Jefferson County Dog Control Officer Todd L. Cummings said his office issued tickets against Melissa M. Felix, 279 N. California Ave., for having an unlicensed dog that “caused a personal injury” after her American bulldog allegedly bit and seriously injured the boy. The dog remains confined to her home until next Friday. That day, Ms. Felix is to appear in Watertown City Court to answer the charges.

Police said the boy, Indigo Mullin, suffered serious injuries to his face and initially was taken to Samaritan Medical Center for treatment, then transferred to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, where he underwent plastic and reconstructive surgery. His condition wasn’t available Friday.

“It’s one of the worst bites in 28 years that I’ve seen,” said Mr. Cummings, adding that the situation “is sad” for the child and his family and for the dog owner.

He stressed that his office has followed proper protocol regarding the situation and doesn’t know what will happen to the 2-year-old dog that the family has had since it was 6 weeks old.

Police said that the boy was part of a group of children playing with the leashed dog and that attack was unprovoked. The children stopped playing at a point and the dog was lying down until the boy approached it either from the rear or the side and was attacked, police said.

Mr. Cummings said the dog was up to date on all of its shots.

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