The warmer weather months lend themselves to enjoying outdoor activities with loved ones. Unfortunately, there are times when even an innocent outing such as an evening walk with family members can end with loved ones suffering serious injuries when an animal launches an unexpected attack. Recently, two Connecticut children and their grandfather required treatment of injuries that were inflicted by animal bites.
The grandfather was taking an evening walk with his 1-year-old grandchild in a stroller and his 6-year-old granddaughter. As they approached a house, the resident’s bulldog came from the back of the house to the front yard. According to the owner, the grandfather shouted at the animal and attempted to yank the stroller out of the dog’s reach. At some point, the animal, described as an English bulldog, attacked the two children, seriously injuring the 1-year-old in the face and head.
The older child suffered bite wounds to the buttocks region. When police responded to the calls for help, they discovered the 61-year-old man sitting in a vehicle with his grandchildren. The children were transported to a pediatric medical center while the grandfather was taken to another hospital for treatment of minor wounds.
The owner is purportedly cooperating with officials, and the animal in under quarantine though it is reportedly up-to-date on its vaccinations. The extent of the children’s injuries are unknown — though it is likely that the younger one will require extensive treatment to repair the damage caused by the dog. All three victims may suffer psychological harm as the trauma from animal bites often leaves more than physical scars. Connecticut is a strict liability state that holds owners responsible for the harm their dogs inflict from unprovoked attacks. Victims who have suffered serious injuries may seek recompense for their monetary damages through a civil lawsuit.