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Children at day care center injured after animal bites

Injuries suffered from a dog bite can be serious and require extended medical care. Animal bites in Wisconsin or in other area are frequently caused by an animal that has never previously bitten anyone.  However, a bite from an animal that has bitten before and was classified as high-risk may be even more devastating.  Such an incident recently occurred in another state.

A 33-year old woman was charged with two counts of child endangerment with bodily injury in November after her dog attacked twins in her care. The woman was responsible for the children at her home day care center. Her pit bull terrier allegedly mauled the children, resulting in injuries that included lacerations, cuts and bleeding, as well as infections from the bites. The injuries were discovered by the parents and were treated at a hospital immediately. Police indicate that the day care provider did not notify the police or the parents of the incident, nor did she obtain medical help for the children.

The dog had previously bitten someone in May 2016. After this incident, the pit bull terrier -- named Trouble -- was deemed to be high risk.  The owner signed a document to acknowledge this classification. Animal control will determine whether the dog will still be considered high risk or would now be classified as a danger to the community. The day care owner was released on bail.

Wisconsin families who have suffered similar animal bites know how traumatic the situation can be. As injuries may require extensive medical care and expenses can be exorbitant, victims may decide to seek the advice of an experienced legal team. Proof of negligence on the part of the dog owner is not required in a strict liability state like Wisconsin. Attorneys knowledgeable with animal bite laws can provide much-needed aid to those who decide to pursue the matter in court.

Source: kcrg.com, "Day care provider charged after dog bites twins", Jan. 5, 2017

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