A child is in critical condition in Pinnacle, North Carolina (NC) after being attacked by a dog.
The five year old boy was visiting family in Surry County, North Carolina (NC) at the time of the accident. According to police and witness reports the child went in to a caged area with the dogs while they were feeding. The boy was attacked by a Rottweiler while in the cage.
The child was taken to a hospital in Pinnacle, North Carolina where he remains in critical condition. Police have opened an investigation on the owners of the Rottweiler, who had up to thirty dogs on the scene at the time of the accident, but no charges have been filed yet.
Dog bites can cause severe damage, especially to young children. My colleague, recently wrote about a young girl bit by a dog in Charlotte, North Carolina. In that accident the girl suffered severe damage to her face and had to undergo surgery.
Children have the highest risk of being bitten by an animal due to their curious nature. Children, especially younger children, will naturally reach out to touch a pet. This can be very dangerous if the animal is aggressive. You can teach your child to play it safe around pets. Show him/her how to approach an animal carefully and slowly before reaching down to pet them. Discourage them from attempting to play with any animal that does not belong to your family.
Even with the best training children can still be attacked by household pets. More often then not, if your child suffers from a dog bite they will require a hospital visit. These visits can lead to costly surgeries and recovery time for your child. Since the laws regarding animal attacks can be difficult to prove and often do not cover the full needs of your hurt child you may want to seek the help of a personal injury attorney.