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Nine-year-old Wisconsin boy attacked by pit bull

A nine-year-old boy 140 miles southeast of La Crosse has been seriously injured by an attacking pit bull.

The Madison boy was playing outside with a friend at about two in the afternoon at the friend's house when the dog bite attack took place. The boy's friend went inside for a glass of juice. When the friend came back out, his pit bull attacked the visiting boy.

The attack appeared to have been unprovoked, Animal Control officers told a local media source.

Neighbors said the victim is lucky to have survived what they described as a vicious attack by the two-year-old pit bull.

A neighbor described the boy's injuries: he's missing part of a lip, part of his arm and part of his ear.

Though he was taken to a nearby hospital, his condition was unknown.

The dog's owner suffered puncture wounds to her hands, sustained when she pried the pit bull's jaws off of the boy's arm.

"Due to the severity of the incident, we have decided that the dog isn't safe to be released back into the community, and we have chosen to humanely euthanize the dog," a spokesperson for the Humane Society said.

The dog's owners received a ticket for causing injury off property because the attack ranged onto a public street after beginning in their yard.

Obviously, a young child is going to have to deal with a number of difficult consequences from a dog attack. There is the physical pain of the wounds, as well as psychological trauma.

Victims of dog bites can seek full compensation not only for the medical services they require to help heal the physical wounds, but also for the pain and suffering they endure.

Source: Channel3000.com: "Pit Bull Attacks 9-Year-Old Boy In Madison": Aug. 18, 2011

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