VICTORVILLE, California –Hayleh Harger, 3, was attacked by a pit bull mastiff dog on Easter Sunday suffering serious injuries that required 100 stitches and staples to her face on her lip and forehead, according to new reports.
The injured child was air-lifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment after the dog attack at her home. Hayleh’s mother rescued her daughter after she heard the girl cry out for help and found the dog standing over the child growling. The dog had the child’s head in its mouth, but let go after the mother Debra Harger punched it in the face, reports said.
The girl’s neighbor brought the animal to the home. The pit bull’s owner had asked the neighbor to take care of the dog. The Devore Animal Shelter is holding the dog pending the owner coming forward and it may be euthanized.
Dog Bite Statistics
In the United States, there are roughly 53 million dogs – that’s more dogs per capita than in any other country in the world. Indeed it’s no wonder that more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one out of five require some form of hospital treatment.
“Owners of vicious dogs are liable to their victims and the families of those killed by these animals,” said Attorney West Thomas, founder of the Thomas Law Firm. “It’s not acceptable for dog owners to keep these animals unrestrained because they are a hazard not only to unsuspecting postal workers, but children and other residents.”
Roughly 334,000 people are admitted to US emergency departments every year with dog bite-associated injuries and another 466,000 are seen in other medical settings. Also, there is no way to track just how many people are bitten and have sustained minor injuries that went unreported to medical professionals.
In 2006 alone, over 31,000 victims of animal attacks required reconstructive surgery as a result of the most serious reported injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 50% of all dog bites were committed by Pit Bulls. Among the other aggressive breeds are German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Akita or Chow, Doberman Pinchers, and Bulldogs.
If you have been injured by a dog bite attack you should report the incident immediately to animal control. Serious dog bites can be devastating both emotionally and physically to victims.
For more than three decades, the legal experts at Thomas Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in serious dog bite attacks as the result of someone else’s negligence. Certainly no amount of money will take away the pain of a victim’s injuries, but it can help put them back on the road to recovery as well as help prevent a subsequent attack by a vicious dog.
The Thomas Law Firm can be reached at 1-855-ASK–WEST. For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more. The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.