Fatal Dog Attack Highlights Dangers to Children
Dogs have long been known as man’s best friend, and they provide a source of love, loyalty, and companionship to men and women of all ages. For many of us, our dogs are part of our families and plenty of people think of them as ‘fur babies’ who demand just as much love and attention as human children. Unfortunately, despite the loving nature of many dogs, serious injuries due to dog bites continue to occur. These injuries can be severe and even fatal, especially to little ones. A recent, fatal dog attack that killed a child just over the border in North Carolina highlights how important it is for parents and concerned adults to be aware of the potential for these types of attacks to occur, as well as to teach our children tips on what to do when confronted by a dog and how to avoid being bitten.
Children and Dog Bite Attacks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that dogs bite over 4 million people each year in the United States, and children are among the most likely at risk. A recent case in Lumberton, North Carolina highlights the potential dangers, when one child was injured and another killed in a dog bite attack. According to a January 2016 WBTW news report on the attack, a seven-year-old boy was killed and his eight-year-old brother was injured in an attack by a pit bull reportedly belonging to a neighbor. Investigators are still unsure as to how the brothers came into contact with the dog, or what led up to the attack.
While people often link larger and more aggressive breeds of dog, such as pit bulls, Dobermans, and German Shepherds, to these kinds of attacks, the truth is that any dog can present a danger, particularly to children. In South Carolina, Section 47-3-50 of the SC Code of Laws strictly prohibits dogs to run at large or roam freely, and particularly aggressive or unruly dogs must be kept under restraint by a fence or chain at all times so as not to present a danger to the public.
Teaching Children How to Avoid Being Bitten
Children tend to see dogs as potential playmates and may be completely oblivious to any potential dangers. As concerned parents or loved ones, it is our job to teach our children how to respond to dogs, as well as how to avoid being bitten. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) advises teaching children the following dog bite prevention tips:
- Always ask pet owners’ permission before reaching out to pet their dog, even if you know the dog or its owner
- Never tease a dog or pull their tails or ears
- Leave dogs alone when they are sleeping or eating
- Never leave small children alone and unattended with a dog, even if it is a dog you know and trust
- If confronted by an aggressive or strange dog, teach your child not to panic, but to remain calm while quietly backing away
Any dog can bite or attack if they are hurt, scared, or tired. Teach your child that a dog is not a toy, and to always treat them with respect.
Contact Our Experienced South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney
If a dog has bitten you or a loved one, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm. Dog owners are liable for the injuries and damages caused by their dog, and our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorneys can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, we can help; call or contact us online today for a free review of your case.