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Infant taken by pet improves

Alexander James Smith, the newborn from Jessamine County who was taken from his crib by a family pet, was upgraded to serious condition Friday morning at University of Kentucky Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

A.J., who was born Friday and arrived home Sunday, has been at the hospital since Monday. He had been in critical condition since then.

One of the family's dogs apparently snatched A.J. from his crib after his mother laid him down for a nap; A.J.'s father found the dog carrying A.J. by the chest outside their home.

The child sustained collapsed lungs, broken ribs and a skull fracture.

Meanwhile, the director of the Jessamine County SAVE Center heard word Thursday that people were improperly collecting money locally from the public on behalf of Dakota, the dog-wolf hybrid in its custody since Monday.

Dakota has been in the news since critically injuring A.J.

SAVE Center officials issued a statement Friday explaining that "any other Web sites, e-mails, etc., soliciting donations for Dakota are not connected to the SAVE Center and should be carefully scrutinized."

The center added that Dakota is doing fine and eating well.

SAVE Center spokeswoman Anna Cox said the center has been inundated with calls about the beleaguered dog.

"If everyone who called would come by and rescue a dog, we'd all be home on vacation," Cox said. "There are plenty of feel-good rescues here for everybody."

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