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Wisconsin animal bites: Young boy attacked by dog

Children love to play outside in Wisconsin and around the country, especially in the summertime when school is out and the weather is best suited for outdoor fun. However, fun can fade quickly when accidents involving animal bites occur. A recent incident in another state resulted in an injury to a young boy.

A 7-year-old boy was returning a scooter he had borrowed to a neighbor's home. A video surveillance camera revealed that a pit bull mix dog chased the boy down and attacked him in the street. Officers from the local police department stated that the attack was unprovoked.

Neighbors witnessed the attack and immediately attempted to stop it. However, the video showed that the attack went on around 12 seconds. The boy's back and thighs were covered with bite marks from the incident. He has undergone surgery and has also had multiple appointments with the trauma unit.

The boy's mother was grateful for neighbors that stepped in quickly to assist her son. She is, however, disappointed in the dog's owners, who were friends of her family. While others have called to check on the boy's condition, the dog owners have not contacted the family. The owners surrendered the dog to a local animal control center for a rabies quarantine. They have been cited for an unprovoked attack, an unregistered dog, no proof of rabies vaccination and an animal at large.

When animal bites occur in Wisconsin, injured victims may elect to file a personal injury lawsuit. Since Wisconsin is a strict liability state, a dog owner is accountable for the animal's behavior simply because he or she owned the dog at the time of an accident. An experienced lawyer will work to achieve a successful outcome in a lawsuit that could provide compensation for medical expenses and other costs, such as physical therapy, counselling or lost wages.

Source: kvue.com, "VIDEO: 7-year-old boy bitten by dog in 'unprovoked attack', Manor police say", July 6, 2017

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