Rallying Around the Dog: A New Twist on an Old Tale

The story is all too familiar: A child approaches a dog and the dog attacks. However, in the case of a four-year-old Phoenix boy and the pit bull who attacked him, sympathy is mounting for the dog.

In a strange twist, supporters of the pit bull have started a petition to have the animal freed from custody and given up for adoption. Attorneys, working pro bono for the animal, cite doctors as having said the boy and dog were just doing what each does naturally. The dog bite, after all, came only after the child attempted to play with a ball that belonged to the animal.

However, the child was severely mauled and now, after unimaginable pain and suffering, needs tens of thousands of dollars in reconstructive surgery.

Who is Liable?

Attorneys for the dog claim the babysitter, charged with watching the child, is liable for the attack – a theory that is gaining steam among the animal’s supporters. However, many still hold the owner of the animal is to blame for the accident.

While this particular case is posing some unusual difficulties, these cases are never black and white. Only an experienced dog bite attorney can help ensure victims of animal attacks are provided the full compensation they are due.

If you live in Vermont or New Hampshire and are in need of an experienced dog bite attorney, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss today.


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