North Carolina Dog Bite Incident Kills 10-Month-Old Child

In a recent dog bite incident, a 10-month-old boy was killed. He was killed by his own family’s dog, according to Pilot Online.

Officials with the Perquimans County Sheriff’s Department report that the accident happened off of West Railroad Avenue at roughly 6:00 p.m. When they arrived, they found that the child had already been bitten a number of times. The pup was quarantined and was euthanized without the standard 10-day waiting period, according to Sheriff Eric Tilley.
The child was inside of the family’s home when the attack happened. We recently talked about these accidents on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog.

According to the child’s grandma, she and some of the other children were in the bathroom at the time. When she witnessed the attack, she tried to get the dog away, but was injured in the process. She was also treated for dog bite injuries. The family was not opposed to euthanizing the dog. Previously, an older boy inside that home was bitten by that same dog. The grandmother says she is still surprised by the incident though, saying that the family dog had never showed any kind of aggression toward the young child.

Our Charlotte dog bite injury lawyers understand how severe dog bite attacks can be. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are close to 5 million people who are bitten by man’s best friend each and every year. Safety advocates think that public education can actually help to reduce these risks. This is one reason why the third week in May is always used to host National Dog Bite Prevention Week. But it’s important that we are aware of the risks and the preventative measures year round!

Americans seek medical attention close to 1 million times each year because of dog bite accidents. Half of these Americans are young children. As a matter of fact, there are more than 385,000 people who require treatment in an emergency room every year in these incidents. Close to 20 people die.

Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are the most at risk for a dog bite injury. As a child ages, their risks for one of these incidents decreases. About 70 percent of the injuries sustained by these young individuals happen to the neck or the head region. Boys are typically at higher risks than girls, too.

Before bringing a pup into your home, you’re going to want to do your research. Talk with a professional about the breed of pup that is most suitable for the members of your family. Make sure that you don’t get one that has a history of aggression if you’ve got children in your home. Spend a lot of time with the dog before purchasing or adopting. You want to make sure that you and your family members mesh well with it.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite incident, call for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. 1-800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:

10-month-old boy killed by family dog in Hertford, N.C
., by Jeff Hampton, Pilot Online
More Blog Entries:

Dogs and Children: Reducing Injury Risks in North Carolina, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, October 8, 2012

Carolina Dog Bite Accidents Worrying Parents, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, October 6, 2012

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