A Dundalk toddler was bitten in the face by a pit bull Sunday, sending the 20-month-old girl to the hospital for several stitches, Baltimore County police said.

The girl was bitten by the pit bull about 12:45 p.m. in the 7200 block of Conley Street. The family was preparing to leave the house and set the toddler on a couch next to the dog, when the dog bit her unprovoked, police said. Authorities were still trying to determine who owned the dog, but said the dog was "known to the home."

The dog was taken by Baltimore County Animal Control, which along with the health department and police will determine whether it should be put down and whether charges against the owner are warranted.

As of Sunday night, the toddler, whose name police did not release, was described as in "stable" condition at a hospital and was expected to stay there overnight.

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled last year that pit bulls were an inherently dangerous breed, making criminal charges virtually automatic against the dog owners when the animal bites someone. The Maryland General Assembly is weighing legislation that would eliminate the distinctions between dog breeds while making it easier for those bitten by dogs to sue the owners. The House of Delegates approved the bill in February.

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