Attorneys Representing Dog Attack Victims Across Texas
This website is maintained by the Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a Dallas, Texas law firm representing people across Texas for dog bite injury cases. We have attempted to provide useful information for those harmed by animal attacks.
A Toddler is Seriously Injured by the Family Dog, a Boxer with a Puppy LitterFriday, August 14th, 2015
In Plant City, Florida, last week a police officer and business owner noticed that a boxer in the distance had something in its mouth. When the dog turned to a different angle, they both realized that a small child was in the boxer’s mouth. The toddler’s mother was inside the house sleeping at the time. The dog dropped the baby and ran home after the officer screamed at her. The child was transported by medical helicopter to Tampa General Hospital and was later listed as being in serious but stable condition.
The dog and her puppies were turned over to animal control services.
Small children should never be left alone with dogs, especially if a dog has a litter of puppies. One of the key times in which it is risky to approach a dog is when there are puppies.
All dogs are potential biters. The majority of the more than four million dog bites that occur in the U.S. every year are inflicted by the family dog. Special precautions should be taken to protect children from being bitten. Dogs are animals, and it’s a mistake to assume that they are the same as human members of the family.
Many people own dogs that are deemed dangerous, such as pit bulls, and are surprised when their pet seriously injures or kills someone. Perhaps there should be more initiatives to inform the public about the inherent risks of owning a dog or of simply living in a neighborhood where people own dangerous dogs.
Read tips for avoiding a dog bite in this continuing series.