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No decision on dog that bit boy last Friday

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Officials say they haven't made a decision on the fate of a dog that allegedly bit a teenager in the Riverside area on Friday.

Animal Control has been interviewing the boy and his family, witnesses to the attack, and the dog's owner to see what exactly happened and determine what might have caused the dog to bite the boy.

Investigators say a lot of factors go into a decision about the dog and whether it's "high risk" or "vicious.

Cindy Rarrat Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center said, "Certainly past history does play an important part. Thus far, we're still gathering information trying to make the proper determination."

If the dog is deemed to be high risk or vicious, the owner can be cited for owning that animal, and may then plead guilty or not guilty to the citation.

A ruling of a vicious dog would mean it would need to be relocated out of city limits.

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