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Child nearly loses nose in pit bull attack

It can be tempting for parents to want to keep their children under their watch all of the time. That just isn't realistic. At some point, kids must be entrusted to others, whether it is a school teacher, bus driver, family member or a friend's parents. All parents can do is hope and try to ensure that their children are in a safe environment.

Everyone in a society has the responsibility to provide a reasonably safe environment. Sometimes, keeping a certain dog in one's home and neighborhood is a negligent act. A dog bite in an out-of-state case is another example of how seriously injured someone can be when an animal decides to bite.

Last week a 10-year-old was playing at his friend's house when what may have seemed like an innocent pit bull got aggressive. The dog reportedly lunged at the young victim and literally bit off his nose. After no one could find the boy's nose near the scene of the animal attack, it was confirmed by a veterinarian that it was in the dog's stomach.

The location of the victim's nose didn't stop medical professionals from salvaging and reattaching it to the boy's face. Though the trauma of the incident still likely affects the boy emotionally, he is reported to be in good condition following the attack and surgery.

In response to the dog bite, the dog owners claim that this incident was out of character for their pet, who now has been euthanatized. The fact that the dog in this case was a pit bull has inspired the debated argument that pit bulls should be banned because of their aggressive disposition.

Whether the cause of this dog bite was the breed of the animal is not for us to judge. No matter the breed of pet, all parents should teach their kids how to act around animals. Accidents like this, however, can't be blamed on children -- who are so often the victims of dog bites. Pet owners are ultimately those responsible to protect people from their animals.

Our law firm knows how serious it can be to be attacked by an animal. Visit our La Crosse Dog Bite Lawyers page to learn more about the impact such an incident can have on a victim, particular a child, and how we can help.

Source: Evansville Courier & Press, "Henderson boy treated after dog bites off, swallows his nose," Gleaner Staff, Jan. 10, 2013

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