Unfortunately more than half of all fatal dog attack victims are children. Kids, especially very young ones, are at particular risk of dog bites since they have less of a chance to defend themselves. Often the emotional trauma after an attack can be just as severe as the physical, leaving children withdrawn, fearful, or depressed.
A horrendous attack in South Carolina last Sunday ended with much more than emotional damage – it took the life of a two-year-old boy.
According to reports, the family put the toddler to bed for the night and believed he’d fallen asleep. But once unattended, he got out of bed and managed to wander out of the house without being noticed by family members.
His mother soon returned from running an errand and found her son severely mauled and lying unconscious in the backyard. A neighbor answered her pleas for help and aided in performing CPR on the child until paramedics responded. Once they arrived, they rushed him to the Medical University of South Carolina, but he tragically passed away from his injuries, described by the Coroner as bites that were ‘widely distributed’ across the young boy’s body.
Two dogs, Labrador/German Shepherd mixes, were captured at the scene by South Carolina Animal Control. The family is familiar with the two dogs but claim that the animals don’t belong to them, even though a family member has feed them from time to time. They did mention that the 2-year-old had expressed being afraid of the big dogs before the night of the attack.
The results of an autopsy have been inconclusive in determining if both or just one dog was responsible for the fatal mauling. The sheriff has also stated that there’s the chance it could have been another dog entirely. Animal-bite specialists will be brought in to help investigate the South Carolina dog attack.
At the moment no charges have been filed and there are no plans to put the dogs down.
South Carolina Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or your child has been injured in a dog attack, you need to seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer in South Carolina. Often insurance companies only pay out small settlements for dog attacks, but an experienced Dog Attack Attorney will fight hard to ensure that you’re awarded all the money you deserve.
The Dog Bite Attorneys at Harris & Graves have a long history of fighting for animal attack victims in Columbia, Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, and all across South Carolina.
After you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, get the help you need. Contact Harris & Graves today for a free case review.
Source. NYDailyNews.com, ‘http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2-year-old-s-boy-mauled-stray-dogs-slipping-home-unnoticed-article-1.1085952,’ Philip Caulfield, May 29, 2012.
Source. The Post and Courier, ‘http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20120528/PC16/120529148,’ Tony Bartelme, May 28, 2012.
Source. WIStv.com, ‘http://www.wistv.com/story/18637417/2-year-old-killed-by-dog-in-mt-pleasant,’ May 28, 2012.