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In Order To Avoid A Dog Attack, Never Leave A Child Alone With A Dog

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It was recently reported in the news that a 6 year-old girl was bitten by her neighbor's pit bull mix on Easter night in Londonderry, NH.*  The girl suffered severe bite wounds on her face.  

According to police reports, the little girl was playing outside when she fell on top of the pit bull mix.  As a result, the dog responded aggressively and bit the girl.  

Though we don't know further details of the situation, as a personal injury lawyer and a mother of two young boys, I can't help but wonder if the girl was left alone with the dog outside.

We have seen too many situations where children are attacked by dogs when left alone with the dogs.  Typically, the dog is provoked in some way and attacks the child.

For example, when dogs are not used to being around children, even innocent screams of excitement can provoke dogs to attack.  

In this unfortunate situation in Londonderry, the girl fell on the dog, which provoked the dog to attack.

Dogs are unpredictable.  You cannot predict what provokes a dog.  Even the best trained dogs can be provoked.  On the other hand, children are unpredictable too.  You don't know what they will do to provoke a dog.  Therefore it is imperative that parents do not leave children alone with dogs to avoid the risk of dog attacks.

It is important to remember that this applies to even your own dog.  You should not leave children alone with your own dog or a familiar dog.  Many infants and children are attacked by their own family dogs when left alone with them.  Further, many infants and children are also attacked by familiar dogs, such as a babysitter or a grandparent's dog.  Often, the reason for the attack is unknown.

Help For Your Child After A Dog Attack

When your child is attacked or bitten by a dog, it can leave long lasting physical and emotional scars.  Oftentimes, your child has legal rights and is entitled to recover damages even if the dog is a familiar dog.

*Source: NH Union Leader

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