Boy, bystander suffer serious dog bites from unprovoked attack

Dogs serve many useful purposes for people. Unfortunately, even the most loyal companion animal can harbor a dark and dangerous side. When these pets launch an unprovoked attack on an unsuspecting victim, the injuries from the dog bites and the psychological damage can last for years. Recently, two Minnesota residents endured the trauma that comes from these types of terrifying attacks.

An 11-year-old boy was returning home from school on a recent Monday afternoon. As he got off of his school bus, he saw two pit-bull type dogs approaching him in a menacing manner. As he attempted to back away from the animals, they attacked. He was pulled off of his feet while the dogs repeatedly bit him on his legs and arms. As he was under attack, he cried out repeatedly for help.

A woman who was unfamiliar with the neighborhood had pulled over to consult with her GPS device. Once she heard the child's shouts, she grabbed an umbrella from her vehicle and used it to poke the animals. At the same time, a neighbor came rushing from his home and started to hit the dogs to divert their attention. Their efforts worked and the boy was able to escape the dogs. In their frustration, though, the dogs turned their aggression on the man and began to bite his arms before stopping the attack.

Both the man and the child required care for the wounds they suffered. Two days after the attack, the boy was still hospitalized for what were described as deep punctures to his legs. According to a message from the dogs' owner, the animals were euthanized after animal control took possession of them. Minnesota is a strict liability state which holds owners financially accountable for any unprovoked harm inflicted by their dogs. Victims who have suffered serious dog bites may have recourse for compensation for their damages by filing a claim through the civil court system.

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