By Andrew Prine, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Recently, in Jackson County, Michigan, a 6-year-old girl, Tyah Norris, sustained serious personal injuries to her face and skull after the child was mauled by a group of pit bulls. It was reported that one of Tyah’s tear ducts was injured and part of her skull is gone. At the hospital, Tyah’s mother stated her daughter had stitches all over her face and was still in pain. And, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Tyah is in serious condition.
The incident occurred while Tyah was playing with a friend in Blackman Township, Michigan. Apparently one of the pit bulls knocked the child down and, after she was down, the other pit bulls joined in on the attack. All of the dogs have since been euthanized and their owners were charged with keeping a dangerous animal that caused serious injury. If you would like to read more on this story please see 6-year-old girl reportedly in serious condition and sustained serious personal injuries after attacked by a group of pit bulls.
This incident is a tragedy for Tyah’s family and her community. Although domesticated, dogs are still inherently dangerous animals with inherent animal-instincts to attack. If a child is around a dog there should always be an adult or other responsible person capable of restraining the dog supervising. Children are too often the tragic victims of dog-related personal injuries. Dog owners and parents should use their best efforts and judgment to take actions to prevent dog bite injuries from occurring. To read some common strategies to prevent dog-bite-related injuries please see Preventing Dog Bite Injuries to Children.