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Mother tells tragic story of dog attack

A woman whose son was attacked by a dog at two years old related her story and the warning signs she blames herself for not seeing. Her child loved dogs, and she and her husband didn't instill a fear of animals into him. She didn't realize just how dangerous a dog bite could be and thought that her father's dog would just nip at her son, not inflict serious harm to him. Even though she had read and heard stories about dog attacks, she thought that regular dogs couldn't be capable of attacks.

She had rescued the dog from a tropical island some years earlier. However, it became apparent that the animal wasn't kid-friendly when the dog growled at her first-born on several occasions, so she sent the dog to her father's house.

However, when she was pregnant with her third child, her family decided to travel to her father's home for a family wedding. She thought that they could handle the situation, even though the dog had made his feelings toward children clear. Her second son didn't understand the danger, and an adult was always there to protect the children when the dog became aggressive.

One morning, she was getting ready for the day while her father took care of her boys. The toddler grabbed for the dog, but this time he attacked the child, and the adults couldn't intervene fast enough. They rushed him to the hospital where medical personnel stitched up his face. Her son has now recovered but still bears the scars of the attack.

When a dog attacks, the damage can be serious and permanent, especially for a child. If the victim of a dog bite chooses to hold the dog's owner liable for the injuries sustained, a personal injury attorney might be able to help them to pursue financial compensation.

Source: The New York Times, "‘The Dog Bit Me’", Hope Reeves, May 31, 2013

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