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Another Dog Declared Vicious In Bettendorf After Attack On Woman

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Update: According to Bettendorf Police, the woman reported to the humane society that she was also bitten by another dog in the attack, but several dogs were being held by animal control because it was unclear which one had bitten her. The woman tells KWQC that she ran away after she had been bitten by the dogs.

Update: Scott Co. Animal Control says two dogs are being held because the owner could not verify whether they have been vaccinated. 

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Another dog has been banned from Bettendorf. It stems from an incident earlier this week when a group of dogs got lose from a home in the 3200 block of Westmar and one of them attacked a woman.

Police say on Wednesday afternoon, they got a report of dogs running loose. A woman out walking was frightened by the dogs and started to run. One of the dogs, a red lab mix, chased after her and bit her on the ankle and leg. She was taken to the hospital. 

Police say the dogs belong to Sarah Smith. They found she had a total of 8 dogs--six of them are hers and the other two belong to her mother. The six dogs were impounded and Smith faces multiple charges, including having a vicious animal. She is also charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with official acts.

Police say the dog that bit the woman was found to be up-to-date on its vaccinations, but because the dog has been declared vicious, it will have to be removed from the City of Bettendorf. Police say Smith will have to get licenses for the rest of the dogs and prove they have been vaccinated before she can get them back.

Last month, another dog was declared vicious and ordered to be removed from Bettendorf after it bit a child. It happened on the playground at Mark Twain Elementary School. Police say a 13-year- old boy was bitten on the arm by a German shepard that was not on a leash.

Experts say you should try not to run from a dog, which will instinctively give chase. Here are other facts and prevention tips on dog bites.

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