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Mass. gov's puppy nips woman at town hall meeting

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[July 27, 2009]  BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's new puppy nipped a woman on the hand and she later went to a hospital for evaluation.

The incident occurred Thursday after the governor brought his 9-week-old black Lab, Tobey, with him to a town hall meeting in Boston.

The puppy has been an attraction since Patrick received him last week. He has been bringing him to work for house-training purposes.

Children touring the Statehouse have asked to see Tobey, and youngsters played with the dog at the town hall meeting.

Aides say the woman was bitten when she bent down to pet the puppy but continued to play with him nonetheless. She was left with a red mark on her hand, which was treated with a bandage. She went to the hospital as a precaution.

[Associated Press]

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