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Posted on February 9th, 2009,
by Zane Cagle

Dog Attack Causes Missouri Family to Make a Hard Decision

Posted on February 9th, 2009 by Zane Cagle

Dog Bit Incident In Springfield, Missouri

Former Missouri State Representative issued an official statement this week that he plans to euthanize his family’s black Labrador after the dog attacked a 14-year-old boy last week.

When the incident occurred, his three children were leaving for school when the dog ran out of the house. Although the oldest child ran after the dog, he was too late as the dog had already jumped on and bit an eighth grader on the face and arm. The boy was immediately taken to the hospital where he needed five stitches.

As of right now, the reason for the dog’s behavior is unknown. Springfield Police Lt. Kirk Manlove stated that the student did not provoke the dog, but there were some witnesses who claimed a different group of students taunted the dog in recent days. The dog was taken to Springfield Animal Shelter for a 10-day observation.

In response to neighborhood complaints over the attack, the family announced that, “To make certain there is never a re-occurrence of this regrettable incident we have made the decision that our family dog Charlie will be euthanized, which has made this unfortunate accident even more difficult for our family to bear.”

So far, the family of the 14-year-old boy has not filed legal action against the family as the family already agreed to take care of any medical expenses.

As a pet owner, people have the responsibility to ensure that their animal is safe to be around other people, especially children. Sadly, domestic animal attacks do happen, costing over $1 billion each year in injuries. If you or a loved one has been attacked or bitten by someone’s pet, it is important to contact an experienced Animal Attack Attorney. At Page Cagle, we know that bite injuries can lead to expensive medical procedures, lost wages, and more. Contact us today, and we can guide you through the steps necessary to document your injuries. Call Zane T. Cagle at 1(314) 276-1681.