Isleta Police chief sued after dog viciously attacks 6-year-old

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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – A six-year-old was viciously attacked by a dog and half of her scalp was torn off and the owner of the dog is the Isleta Police chief. Now, the child’s parents are suing.


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On July 11, a family friend was watching the six-year-old because her parents were at a track meet with their older child. Bosque Farms Police say Robbin Burge invited the family friend and the girl to pick fruit at her Peralta home. The three entered the backyard where Burge’s dog attacked the child. The girl suffered numerous bites.

The worst injury was on the child’s head where bone could be seen. She also had bite marks on her ear and leg. Burge is the chief of the Isleta Police Department. Peralta Animal Control was called to the scene to confiscate the dog.

Burge and her partner Becky Koster told authorities that they would put the animal down the next day because of the attack. The six-year-old’s parents are now suing Burge and Koster, claiming the two should have taken precautions knowing Burge’s dog was not comfortable around children.

They are asking for damages caused to their daughter’s disfigurement, the need for current and future medical care, as well as emotional distress caused by the attack. KRQE News 13 called Bosque Farms Police and asked if they were seeking any criminal charges.

They say they did not find any criminal act committed but sent the case to Peralta Animal Control to see if any charges should be filed. No trial date has been set in the civil suit.

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