Bulldog Bites Boy, Leaving Debilitating Injuries
The bark of an American Bulldog in Hollis, Oklahoma is certainly not worse than its bite. The dog in question viciously attacked a four-year-old boy who was out for a routine bike ride in the area surrounding his home. The unwitting victim was bitten mercilessly on his head, neck and legs, and he also sustained internal injuries. Close to two weeks after the attack, the boy remained hospitalized and unable to walk.
Children and adults at risk
This little boy is one of more than two million children who are bitten by dogs each year, with approximately 20 percent of these bites requiring medical treatment. An alarming 27,000 people actually need some form of reconstructive surgery following dog bites, which indicates how severe injuries can be in these cases. In addition to the millions of children attacked each year, more than two million adults are also ravaged by dogs annually.
Reducing your chances of being bitten
While certain breeds are statistically responsible for more bites than others, any type of dog may bite. Therefore, learning the following basic rules is important for anyone who encounters dogs on a regular basis:
- Don’t approach strange dogs or bother a dog that is eating, sleeping or caring for its young.
- Don’t run from dogs or scream if they approach you.
- Report all dogs behaving strangely and notify authorities immediately when dogs behave aggressively and cause injuries.
Dog lovers beware
The single greatest factor that increases the likelihood of dog bites is the presence of a dog in a home. In fact, the greater the number of dogs in a home, the greater the risk for dog bites. The likelihood of dog bites occurring for those living with two or more canines in their home is five times that of those without dogs in their homes. Dog ownership is indeed a serious responsibility that is not without risks.
Dog bite victims deserve help. At the least, they deserve legal assistance from attorneys who can help them with the physical pain and emotional fallout that serious dog bites can cause.