On June 11, 2013, a young survivor of the Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes was killed by a family friend’s dog. The boy was attacked by a 150 pound Bullmastiff while he was at a friend’s home. Apparently, the attack occurred when the young boy was crying at the home. According to a County Deputy, the dog may have taken the child’s crying as being aggressive.
Thus, the dog came in from another room and lunged at the small child. The woman tried to separate the two, but was unable to. The woman and her husband then rushed the child to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
When the boy was acting out towards the owner, the dog possibly took this action as a threat and felt that it needed to protect his owner. The dog then ran away from home. Police managed to find the dog and later put the dog down. The boy and his young 2 year-old sister were staying with a family friend while his parents were working to rebuild their home back in Moore, Oklahoma.
Children and Dog Bite Attacks
Every year, numerous Americans suffer from dog bite injuries and seek emergency medical help. About 800,000 Americans must receive medical treatment for injuries resulting from a dog bite. Of these victims, about half are children. Numerous children suffer debilitating dog bite injuries as they often do not know how to act safely without dogs.
Many children will unknowingly provoke a dog. In addition, many children and elders are unable to protect themselves against large pets making them very vulnerable victims. To protect your children, teach them safety tips including:
- Do not approach an unfamiliar dog
- Do not run from a dog or scream
- Do not pet a dog without allowing it to sniff you first
Personal Injury Attorney
If you, your child, or someone you know was recently harmed in a dog bite attack, you should consult with a personal injury attorney immediately. A personal injury attorney will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering caused by the dog. Contact us today to file a personal injury lawsuit claim.