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Young mother, attacked by dogs, holds baby out of their reach

There are few forces more powerful in this world than a mother's love for her child. That was shown recently when a mother of an infant was attacked while she was carrying her baby for a walk through their neighborhood.

As two pit bulls and a Labrador retriever-mix attacked her, the mother held her three-month-old baby high so that the infant would not suffer a dog bite.

The 30-year-old mother suffered bites to her legs, thighs and buttocks, according to a media report. Imagine the deep fear she must have experienced in addition to the extreme physical pain.

The dog attack was far from us here in La Crosse; it took place in Bakersfield, California.

The mother was walking through the "well-manicured neighborhood" when she spotted the three dogs running full-speed toward her and her little girl.

She said she knew instantly that the animals were about to attack.

As the dogs began biting her, she screamed for help.

A neighbor said she saw the mother trying to hold her baby from the dogs and maintain her balance as the dogs attacked.

"I don't want to think about what would have happened if they had knocked her down," the neighbor said.

After the neighbor and two men managed to distract the dogs, 911 was called and police officers responded. An officer had to use his baton to defend himself from one of the attacking dogs, a newspaper report stated.

According to law enforcement authorities, the owner of the dogs often let the animals run free. There had been several previous calls to Animal Control about the man and his dogs.

After this latest incident, the animals were turned over to Animal Control to be put down.

The woman bitten said she's considering legal action against the owner of the dogs. "I don't want this to happen to someone else," she said.

With an experienced attorney in cases similar to this, a dog bite victim might well be able to be fully compensated for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: Bakersfield.com: "Woman carrying baby survives dog attack" by Stephen Mayer: Sept. 23, 2011

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