We have often used posts on this blog to warn Bronx readers about the dangers and harm that can stem from dog bites, but it seems to us there is always another story that offers another sad example of what can happen when innocent people are bitten by dogs.
This time, the story comes from Henderson, Kentucky. That is where a 10-year-old boy had his nose bitten off by a pit bull.
Evidently, the boy and two friends were playing with the dog. The dog's owner told them to calm down because they were getting the dog worked up, but it seems that did not happen.
After the pit bull attacked the boy, the boy was rushed to a hospital in Louisville. A veterinarian was able to recover the boy's nose from the dog's stomach and doctors reattached it to the boy's face.
The dog had to be euthanized.
Now, it might have been smarter for the children to heed the dog owner's warnings. However, the dog owner should have told the children to go away, or should have taken his dog away from them. It seems to use that this awful incident would have been far less likely to happen had he done so.
In any event, we want our New York readers to understand that if they are ever bitten by someone else's dog, they are not without options.
Source: Evansville Courier & Press, "Henderson boy treated after dog bites off, swallows his nose," Jan. 10, 2013
- Among the cases we take in our Bronx law office are those involving dog bite incidents. To learn more about what we do, you might consider visiting our Animal Bites and Attacks page.