A 9-year-old boy suffered wounds to the back of his head, his ear and his arms after being attacked by a dog on Ryan Avenue in Apopka. The boy had reportedly went to a friend’s house to see if the friend could come out and play when a lab mix attacked him. He had to be rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital for treatment of the injuries after a neighbor was able to pull the dog off him.
Animal control officers say that they have had to come to the house where the incident occurred in the past; however, they say that it had nothing to do with the dog involved in the recent attack on the 9-year-old. According to the boy’s grandmother, one of her dogs was killed in that previous incident by a pit bull that the neighbor owned.
Authorities say that animal control personnel confiscated the dog, and there was no word as to whether the owner of the dog would be charged since the investigation is ongoing. The boy was able to go home on the night of July 24, but it is expected that he will have to have plastic surgery to fully repair the damage to his ear.
In most cases, the owner of a dog can be held liable in the event that anyone suffers a serious injury due to a dog bite. Even if a dog has not been vicious in the past, the owner may still need to keep it secured. This may mean keeping it behind a fence, keeping it in a crate when inside the property or keeping it on a leash if it tends to be defensive around others, and if the dog has a history of vicious behavior, appropriate signage may need to be installed on the property to discourage passersby from interacting with the dog. In a case in which a dog was inadequately secured and attacked unprovoked, a premises liability attorney may be able to secure compensation at trial or in a settlement for the victim if the person or his or her family chooses to pursue a civil claim.
Source: WESH, “Boy rushed to hospital after dog attack in Apopka“, Travell Eiland, July 24, 2014