She was hospitalized in St. Cloud; dog is euthanized, tests negative for rabies

    A 10-year-old Crookston girl was hospitalized after being bitten several times by a pit bull while at a sleepover at a home in Brandon, Minnesota on May 31. Brandon is a small town located around 13 miles from Alexandria.

    In an updated report on June 5, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office stated that on the evening of Wednesday, May 31, Samantha VanWert called 911 from her Brandon residence and told dispatch she was driving to the Douglas County Hospital with Autumn Flaten, 10, who had been bitten by her pit bull.

    Deputies subsequently learned that Flaten was staying at VanWert’s home and was planning a sleepover with her kids. Flaten is the daughter of Jennifer Slyt of Crookston and Travis Flaten of Alexandria.

    The DCSO in its report indicates that the pit bull lunged at Flaten and attacked her, unprovoked, while Flaten was in the kitchen. She was first treated at the Douglas County Hospital but was subsequently transferred to the hospital in St. Cloud, the report states. She has since been released.

    According to the DCSO, VanWert asked that the dog be removed from the home by deputies and euthanized. The dog’s body was subsequently tested for rabies, and the DCSO indicates the results were negative.