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Release Number: 09-071

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

March 11, 2009

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060















Mia Kinsman,  2 year old

11820 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa


Dog Owner:

David Arthur,  DOB 7-31-70

Hudson, Fl.

Charge:  Outstanding warrant for Driving While License Suspended

Citations:  Aggressive Dog

                  Expired Dog tag


Dog bite


March 10, 2009 at 4:15 p.m.


11820 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa









On March 10, 2009, while the victim was playing in her yard a friend came over with the dog (2 year old mix St. Bernard and Bull Mastiff).  The dog was on a chain and somehow was able to get loose and attacked the 2 year old victim.  The dog bit the child in the head.


The child was transported to University Community Hospital in Carrollwood by her parents and then due to the extensive injuries was transferred to Tampa General Hospital.  The child is in critical condition (life threatening). 


The owner of the dog, David Arthur was not at the scene when the incident occurred, but returned while deputies were there investigating.  Arthur was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant (Driving While License Suspended) and was also cited for Aggressive dog and expired dog tags.


Animal Services took possession of the dog.