Dog bite incidents are serious and oftentimes, they expose victims to long-lasting injuries. Unfortunately, many of the victims of these types of incidents end up being children.
As personal injury attorneys, we have helped countless families whose children were exposed to dogs who eventually bit them. Many of these incidents take place in familiar settings, such as a family member’s home. But other times, these dog attacks happen in public spaces. That’s because many dog owners in California fail to take care of their pets or leash them properly. As a result, they expose young and frail children to major risks.
One such dog bite incident happened in Richmond on Sunday.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a 5-year-old girl was attacked and bitten by a dog at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline.
Officials responded sending an air-operations unit helicopter to find the girl after Richmond firefighters reported the attack.
A CHP officer and paramedic provided the girl with medical care at the scene and then an ambulance responded and rushed her to the hospital. Thankfully, the girl sustained minor injuries.
CHP reports that the dog was unleashed and that the dog bite incident is currently under investigation.
We are glad that the young girl only suffered minor injuries but this entire incident could have been prevented if the dog had been leashed and handled properly. All too often, dog bite incidents are preventable and shouldn’t occur. Dog owners must do their due diligence and make sure their pets are guarded and watched over, especially if they are taking the dogs for walks.
If your dog is aggressive, do not expose the animals to others and make sure it is leashed and guarded at home if you’re not present to supervise the animal.
We hope the child involved in this incident is recovering fully and quickly, and we hope officials are able to identify the dog and its owner.
The dog involved in this incident was reported as being a pit bull.
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