Hernando toddler to recover after bite from pet Labrador

- A toddler is expected to make a full recovery after being bit by the family dog, which was recently adopted.

On Monday before 2 p.m., Hernando County deputies responded to the Spring Hill home after learning the 16-month-old was injured. According to the sheriff's office, the mother was in the living room as the toddler was playing with their newly-adopted chocolate Labrador Retriever. The dog is described as a senior male. Deputies are not sure what caused the dog to bite the toddler in the head, but other children inside the home entered the living room to help when the mother began screaming.

The toddler had multiple puncture wounds and two skull fractures, deputies say. The wounds were not life-threatening, and the toddler is expected to be OK. The Labrador has been quarantined at Hernando County Animal Services.

Relatives told deputies the dog belongs to the toddler's grandmother, and the dog was adopted from a shelter in Citrus County within the last several months, according to a media release. Officials didn't disclose which animal shelter.

Deputies say the family was told by the shelter that the dog was not aggressive to people, only to other dogs, and that the dog did not show any signs of aggression since they had it.

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