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November 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Longview woman jailed over dangerous pit bull

The Associated Press

LONGVIEW — Two weeks in jail haven’t compelled a Longview woman to turn over the pit bull that bit a young boy.

A Cowlitz County Superior Court judge found Kimberly Marie Vasquez in contempt of court Nov. 12 for hiding the dog that tore a chunk out of the 5-year-old’s leg. The judge ordered Vasquez to jail until she surrendered the dog, named Lexi.

The Daily News reports Lexi has been declared dangerous and must be euthanized.

Authorities say Vasquez turned in a decoy dog after her 3-year-old female pit bull bit the boy on Aug. 26, 2012.

The boy, who had been riding his bike past Vasquez’s Cypress Street duplex when Lexi lunged, needed 40 stitches to repair the wound. He later underwent a skin graft,  after the wound became infected.

Vasquez initially falsified proof that Lexi was up to date on her rabies vaccinations, then hid the dog from authorities, forcing the boy to undergo  precautionary rabies shots, according to court documents.

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