A Wisconsin family get-together came to a violent, painful end when a little girl was bitten in the face by a dog.
A disturbing fact from a newspaper article on the dog bite: two years ago, the dog bit another young girl in the face.
The incidents happened about 200 miles to the east of La Crosse in the Town of Holland, just east of Appleton.
The girl in the most recent dog bite incident is just seven years old. She required stitches to her eye, chin and lip after the attack by a German Shepherd mix dog owned by a relative of the girl.
She was there at the relative's house for a family get-together. The dog was apparently eating cake out of a box on the floor when the seven-year-old stepped on the box. The dog then lunged, biting the left side of her face. The media account didn't disclose how many stitches were required to close the wounds.
Just over two years ago, the dog bit a five-year-old girl's face, shoulder and elbow, authorities said.
The dog has since been put down, but that's obviously too late to help the most recent victim.
An experienced attorney would want to know if the dog's owners had previously been instructed about keeping the dog away from little kids after the first reported biting incident.
Why was the dog around a small child again? Why weren't its owners more vigilant in protecting their young guest?
She now has painful physical injuries and could have difficult psychological wounds to deal with, too.
In these kinds of cases, a lawyer experienced in dog bite cases can help victims get compensation for medical bills as well as emotional damage inflicted.
Source: Post-Crescent: "Girl needs stitches after dog bite": Sept. 25, 2011