Yakima, Washington - Child Injured by Dog Bite
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Yakima, Washington – Child Injured by Dog Bite

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Posted on April 5, 2019

Yakima, Washington (April 1, 2019) – A three year-old child was injured when a pit bull bit his face. He was taken to the Virginia Memorial Hospital in Yakima, but later transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The extent of his injuries have not been detailed.

The pit bull was recently rescued from the roadside by the child’s mother when they were on a trip to Clearlake Mountain on Monday. After taking the dog home, the mother let her child play with the pit bull outside the house while she was putting away groceries. The mother was then alerted by the boy’s scream, and when she got outside the pit bull had bitten the child’s face. The mother then took her child inside the house and called 911, while a neighbor came over and shot the dog.

About Dog Bites

From the unfortunate circumstances which has come onto the victims in this case, we extend our sympathies and well wishes for recovery. Dog bites are a serious matter, involving a very painful and sometimes scarring experience for the persons involved. Injuries from dog bites can include amputation, disfigurement, and injuries to the neck, face, nerves and eyes. Unfortunately, over half of the reported dog bite victims are children, who may not be able to recognize the warning signs an aggressive animal might attack.

According to statistics from DogBites.org, from January 2005 to March 2018, the number one breed involved in fatal dog attacks on humans are pit bulls, the same breed of dog involved in this case.  Pit bulls account for more than half of the report with 284 cases, or 65.6% of all cases. It should be noted that each dog’s individual disposition differs even in the same breed, and it would be wise to be cautious around any dog one is not familiar with regardless of breed. People should not be deterred from getting a certain breed of dog, but it would do well for owners to be familiar with capability of the dog so as to be more able to be responsible for the dog.