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Massachusetts Dog Bite Victim Suffers Multiple Wounds
As most pet owners will attest, dogs make wonderful pets. In some cases, they also make wonderful workers and are often utilized by police forces for a variety of different purposes. Unfortunately, one Massachusetts police dog is believed to have attacked a teenager and his mother. Both dog bite victims suffered bite wounds as a result of the attack.
Reports indicate that the police dog was secured in a fence in the back of the home of the dog’s handler. However, the dog apparently escaped from the enclosure and circled to the front of the house where a 15-year-old male was reportedly practicing his baseball swing. The dog apparently took the swinging bat as a sign of aggression.
The teenager suffered multiple bite wounds as a result of the attack. His mother, who tried to help him, was also injured. A representative from the police department has said that additional precautions, including securing the lock on the gate and requiring that the dog be tethered and muzzled while in the backyard, are now in place to prevent similar incidents in the future.
It is important that measures are taken to ensure that no one else suffers as a result of the attack. However, the teenager and his mother will likely require medical attention and face additional financial consequences as a result of the attack. A dog bite victim in Massachusetts has the option of seeking damages to help cover the costs associated with an attack and injuries. An attorney with experience with such cases can discuss a victim’s options and help him or her make informed decisions.
Source: New York Daily News, “Police dog escapes yard and bites a Massachusetts teen and his mom“, Aliza Chasan, June 3, 2015
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