Police say a 4-year-old boy celebrating his birthday with his family ended up in the emergency room to be treated for a dog bite to the face Sunday.

According to North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes, the family was celebrating in the front yard of a home in Hyde Park when the dog suddenly rushed in and bit the child.

The dog, a German shorthair, has been impounded and quarantined.

On Wednesday, Hawkes said the dog’s owner has been issued a citation for having a dangerous dog, a Class B misdemeanor, which requires a mandatory court appearance.

He is scheduled to appear in front of Judge David Marx at the Hyde Park Justice Court on April 29.

Animal Control Officer Nolan Krebs said the owner of the dog has been very cooperative in this incident, has expressed a willingness to cover the child’s medical expenses, and has made arrangements for the dog to go to a new home if he is released from quarantine.  

The fate of the dog is up to the judge.

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