A pit bull that was chained in the front yard of a Salt Springs house bit a nine-year-old boy in the face and then two days later bit an adult in the face inside the house. Animal control took the dog and will euthanize it, claiming that it cannot be safely adopted out to anybody else.
Marion County Fire and Rescue workers and police went to the home after receiving a 911 call that a child had been bitten in the face by a dog. The owner of the pit bull, who had been babysitting the child and two of his siblings, initially told authorities that a stray had probably bitten the little boy. The owner later admitted that her dog had probably bitten the child. The juvenile was taken to Shands at the University of Florida and treated.
Two days later, deputies were once again at the house after answering a call that the dog bit another person – this time an adult – in the face while she was petting it in the living room. That dog-bite victim was also taken to Shands and treated.
The owner claimed that the dog had been as “gentle as a kitten,” until then, but authorities said the animal had to be euthanized in the interest of public safety.
According to the American Humane Association, an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. every year and almost 800,000 of those require medical care. 82 percent of dog bites treated in the emergency room involve children under 15 years of age.
If You Are Bitten
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, the dog owner may be held legally responsible. Contact the Florida dog bite attorneys at Farah & Farah. We may be able to get you compensation for your injuries and other damages that result from these often traumatic and debilitating attacks. Call us at (800) 533-3555 today.