For most seven-year-old boys, a look into their futures as adults means dreams about perhaps being a police officer or firefighter. Thankfully, few of them have to deal with serious dog bite injuries that could have lifelong, detrimental effects on them.
One of those who have long shadows cast over his future due to a dog attack lives far from us in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
The seven-year-old Georgia boy was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier about three weeks ago. The boy suffered bites to his face and groin, his mother told media outlets in Catoosa County, near the Tennessee border.
Doctors say that as a result of the boy's devastating injuries, he now has only a 50-50 chance of ever being a father someday.
The dog that attacked the boy was euthanized a couple of days ago.
The dog's owner has been cited for an unprovoked attack and for failing to register the dog.
"Major medical bills will be involved in processing this case; current and possible future surgeries may be involved," the citation given to the owner reads.
The boy has already had surgery on his groin, according to media reports.
The dog was attached to a leash hooked onto a line at the time of the attack, a report by an animal control officer stated.
It wasn't the first time the animal had attacked children. Last autumn, two girls, 11 and 13 years old, reported an attack by the dog as they were walking in a high school parking lot across the street from where the dog lived.
The owner was at that time cited for two counts of unprovoked attack. He had to pay $165 for restitution and court costs.
If the boy's parents rely on the legal guidance of an experienced attorney, it's doubtful that the dog's owner will walk away so easily this time.
Source: Rome News-Tribune, "Dog killed after biting child's face, groin," Denise Etheridge, April 8, 2012