A 3-year-old, 48-pound pointer-hound mix will now be euthanized after he was involved in a second Mansfield, MA dog attack involving a child. Milo first came to the attention of authorities when he bit a 6-year-old boy in January. The child, who was being babysat by the dog’s owner, required over 400 stitches.
Now, Milo has again bitten another child, this time sending a 16-year-old girl to the hospital. His owners have since surrendered him to Mansfield Animal Control.
If you or someone you love was involved in a Massachusetts dog attack, the owner may be liable for the injuries. Because this is a strict liability state, the owner doesn’t have to be negligent in order to be found financially liable for the harm suffered. The dog doesn’t even need to have a history of violence. You will, however, need to prove that the defendant is, indeed, the owner of the dog, no trespassing was involved, and the victim did not do anything to incite the animal. That said, kids younger than 7 are generally assumed to not have done anything to prove the dog or been trespassing-although the other side may challenge this, which is just one reason why you should be represented by an experienced Boston dog bite law firm.
Dog bite injuries can be incredibly painful and they can also lead to permanent disfigurement and emotional trauma. Young kids tend to be shorter in height, which makes their faces and organs more easily reachable to dogs. In some cases, plastic surgery may be required to fix some of the damage. If a child is very young, that surgery may have to wait years until he/she is older and less likely to change so much physically. All of this can take a toll and can be very costly.
Mansfield officials will euthanize dog, Milo, in wake of weekend biting attack on 16-year-old girl, Boston Globe, March 4, 2012
Police: Mansfield dog on death row attacks again, WCVB, March 3, 2013
More Blog Posts:
Three Pit Bull Terriers that Injured 9-Year-Old in Pittsfield, MA Dog Attack Declared ‘Vicious”, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, June 14, 2012
Haverhill Dog Attack: Grandmother and Her Friend are Injured as Two German Shepherds Try to Charge at 1-Year-Old in Stroller, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, May 4, 2011
Massachusetts Dog Attack Involving Two Bulldogs Injures 10-Year-Old Girl, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, November 30, 2010