Missouri Dog Attack Leaves Young Child Injured
December 11, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, approximately 4.5 million Americans will be injured by dog bites—and a majority of bite victims are young children.
One such accident occurred just last month in Columbia, Missouri, and left a 3-year-old girl seriously injured. KRCG 13 News reports the incident occurred on Tuesday November 13 at around 6:00 p.m. on West Bethany drive.
Reports indicate the victim was able to open a gate to a neighbor’s backyard where the dog was located. The dog approached the child and then repeatedly bit her on the nose and arm. The girl was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for a broken wrist and her lacerations were stitched.
Officials with Animal Control say this was not the first time the dog had bitten someone either. This past August, the dog was investigated by the agency after it bit another small child. Investigators are now seeking to have the dog labeled as “vicious,” which would require the owner to follow certain ordinances to keep the animal.
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers say that dog owners can often be held liable civil court for injuries their animals cause. This is why their team of St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers would encourage anyone who has been bitten by a dog to explore their legal rights to compensation.