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Though dog is supposed to be man’s best friend, they can also become one’s worst enemy if they attack someone. This is especially true if the victim is a child who cannot get away from the attacking animal quickly enough.

This is perhaps what happened in a recent instance of a dog attacking a seven-year-old boy in Louisiana recently. According to the police department, the boy walked up to a chained Pit Bull when it attacked him. The animal was being kept on the property by the victim’s father for a friend.

The child suffered severe injuries on his legs, arms, shoulders and head. In fact, the boy’s father had to hit the animal with a blunt object to stop the attack and pull the boy to safety. He was airlifted to the hospital for medical attention and remained in surgery for a number of hours. The dog’s owner was issued criminal summons and an investigation is ongoing into the incident.

Dog owners are responsible for the injuries caused by their animals, whether or not their dog has bitten someone previously. Getting attacked by a dog is a traumatic and painful incident for a child and may require many treatments, both for the emotional and physical pain suffered. It might help to speak to an experienced attorney about one’s options to seek compensation through a premises liability claim against the owner of the animal who attacked someone. There are certain legal requirements that must be met in order to succeed in the case, such as demonstrating the dog owner could have prevented the attack and that the dog was not provoked in any way.