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Wisconsin animal bites: Child dead following attack by pit bulls

Children in Wisconsin and elsewhere around the country are often fascinated by animals, particularly dogs. Many approach dogs they see playing or interacting near them. Unfortunately, approaching unfamiliar dogs may result in animal bites. This was the case recently in another state when two pit bulls fatally attacked a young child.

Police officers report that a 7-year-old boy went into a fenced area where two pit bulls were. According to neighbors, the dogs then began to attack the boy. Multiple calls were made by witnesses to emergency personnel. Reports indicated that the dogs would not release their hold on the child.

When the police arrived, the boy had already died from the attack. Also, one of the dogs had gotten out of the fenced-in area. A police officer shot at the dog when it charged toward him. Later, that dog was located and euthanized. The second dog is in the custody of animal control officials.

Some areas in the country have limited the number of pit bulls an owner may have. There are often heated debates as to whether the breed should be allowed as pets at all. In a study conducted by an animal non-profit organization, almost 65 percent of all deaths caused by dog bites were caused by pit bulls.

Animal bites can cause serious injury, emotional trauma or even death, as was the case for the young child who was attacked by the pit bulls. Those who have experienced similar tragic losses may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the owner of the dogs to seek compensation for their loss. Since Wisconsin is a strict liability state, the owner is responsible for the animal's behavior, even if it has never shown a tendency to attack. An experienced personal injury attorney will work to achieve the most favorable outcome in the lawsuit.

Source: Miami Herald, "Pit bulls fatally maul 7-year-old boy in Massachusetts, authorities say", Travis M. Andrews, Oct. 23, 2017

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