ANAHEIM, Calif. — A 5-year-old boy was attacked by a neighbor’s dog Monday resulting in serious injuries to his face, according to a report in the Orange County Register.
The incident occurred at around 1:45 p.m. and police and paramedics responded to an Anaheim residence where the attack happened, the report said.
The boy was taken to a hospital after suffering facial injuries from the dog described as a Labrador retriever mix. The attack happened in the neighbor’s house while the boy was there, according to Orange County Animal Care officials.
Officials said the dog was euthanized later that same day because the attack was so egregious however, the boy’s wounds are not life threatening. The report said the owners were not aware of the dog’s aggression.
“It’s heartbreaking to hear stories like this where children are the victims of such horrific attacks.” Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm said. “While the neighbor’s may not have known the dog was aggressive it is still their responsibility to ensure the safety of guests in their house.”
Many dog attacks occur despite a dog’s non-aggressive history for several reasons including, fear of threat from a victim, redirected aggression and running away from the dog, Seegmiller said. Often children will display what the dog takes to be aggressive action toward the animal causing it to attack.
Dog Attack Statistics
More than 1,000 Americans are injured every day by dogs, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
According to dogsbite.org most attacks involve American Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers and mixes of these two breeds, as well as wolf hybrids. Additionally, the report said 77 percent of attacks cause bodily harm, 73 percent of dog attacks are inflicted on children and 68 percent result in a fatality.
Victims of dog attacks and their families may hold the owners of these animals both financially and sometimes criminally liable for their injuries. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured or have lost loved ones due to negligence. Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims of dog attacks.
The law firm has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.
Seegmiller is a California and Nevada Personal Injury Law Firm with a track record of proven results. There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best dog bite attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the attack, but it can help you rebuild your life.
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– Josh Francis