Dog bites can have horrific consequences for any victim, but infants and children often suffer the most serious harm after an animal attack. Last month, a six-month-old baby girl was grabbed from her mother’s arms by a Great Dane in Southern California. Luckily, the girl will survive, but she suffered serious injuries because of the dog bite.
We often hear of dogs attacking children after being left alone in the same room, but this incident was even more horrible. The baby’s mother was holding her in her arms when the dog unexpectedly jumped up and grabbed the baby from her arms. The dog then ran down the street holding the child in his mouth before he finally dropped her.
The baby’s mother and the dog’s owner were friends, and presumably the child had interacted with the dog on previous occasions. While neither the mother nor the dog owner could have anticipated this horrible event, the dog owner should have known that the Great Dane was capable of causing serious harm. She should have kept the dog away from the baby.
After the dog released the child, she was rushed to the USC Medical Center. She was treated for various injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Punctured lung
- Punctured liver
- Bite wounds
The child is expected to make a full recovery, but the experience was harrowing for everyone involved. The child’s mother may not have suffered physical injuries, but the emotional trauma of watching her daughter be torn from her arms by a large dog must have taken its toll. The impact of this horrible accident will likely be felt by their family for years to come.
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune, “Dog that grabbed Southern California baby will be killed,” 16 Dec 2010