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Animal bites kill 1 child, injure another

Dog bites in Wisconsin and throughout the country can be catastrophic. A recent tragedy in another state claimed the life of one child and critically injured another. The children were mauled by two dogs as they walked to their school bus stop one morning. As a result of these animal bites, the owner of the dogs has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The police also report that the man has also been charged with two counts of reckless conduct.

The 911 calls from the attack reveal the intensity of the situation. The dogs kept attacking the children, despite the attempts to chase them away. Dispatchers gave instructions to help control the children's injuries, but the dogs had not been captured and were running free.

The dog owner has cooperated with police and other authorities, according to his attorney. He was unsure how the dogs got out from his fenced-in backyard, but he immediately starting searching for them when he realized they were gone. The dogs, described as pit bull mixes, are now in the custody of animal control officers while the investigation is ongoing.

Officials from the CDC report that over four million people are bitten by dogs each year. From 2005 to 2015, more than 300 deaths occurred from dog attacks. Over 60 percent of those deaths were attributed to pit bulls.

Animal bites are traumatic and can result in serious injury or even death. Wisconsin residents who experience them may require expensive surgeries as part of their recuperation. Those who lose a loved one in such a situation will also have to deal with funeral expenses and other financial damages. An attorney experienced in dealing with animal bites in a strict liability state like Wisconsin may help victims and/or their family members receive compensation to help offset expenses. A strong understanding of personal injury or wrongful death litigation can aid residents in gaining financial assistance in the aftermath of an attack.

Source: wdam.com, "911 calls released in dog attack that killed child, severely injured another", Jonathan Andrews, Rebekka Schramm, Jan. 20, 2017

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