DARCIE MOORE/ THE TIMES RECORD Topsham police responded to a Raymond Road residence Tuesday evening for a 17-month-old girl with serious eye injuries after a dog attack.

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Police say a 17-month-old Wiscasset girl has been airlifted to a hospital following an attack by a dog in Topsham Tuesday evening. The girl has sustained serious eye injuries after the attack, according to police, and will likely be sent to a Boston hospital.

Topsham Police Sgt. Robert Ramsay said the injuries are not life-threatening.

The incident was reported at a residence on Raymond Road at 6:09 p.m. The girl was at a home with the dog’s owners, who often watch the child.

The dog, an 8-year-old boxer, has been quarantined at Coastal Humane Society, police say, in accordance with state law.

According to Ramsay, the dog and child have spent time together since the child was a newborn.

It’s unknown why, Ramsay said, “but the dog went after the child.”

There were no previous incidents with the dog and police hadn’t received any complaints about the dog, according to Ramsay, and that the animal was up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations.

Ramsay said because there is no history of problems with the dog, the incident is considered an accident by the district attorney’s office.

Ramsay said he believes the dog’s owners will opt to have the animal destroyed.

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