Dog Attacks On The Rise

This news report confirms many of the facts I have discussed frequently on this blog:

“I was screaming help someone help me!” recalls 10-year-old Jack Barrett.

He will never forget the vicious dog attack that left him more than 40 puncture wounds and an unlimited number of emotional scars.

“The big one has this arm and then the little one has this one. He has sharper teeth than big one. They both have my arms I am pinned up against it. They are dragging me on the concrete- my back is being drug on the ground hard concrete,” he said.

His terrifying story is far from unusual. At Scott & White in Temple 156 people visited the E.R. with serious dog bites last year.

Nine of the victims were in such bad condition they had to be hospitalized, undergoing reconstructive surgeries when needed.

“A lot of times unfortunately the dog’s mouth and the child’s head and neck line up perfectly,” said Dr. Dominic Lucia at Scott & White Children’s Hospital.

And it’s not a stray dog problem – Jack was attacked by dogs at a friend’s house. Two-year-old Jacqueline Osario was attacked by a relative’s pet who destroyed the left side of her face.

“The majority, probably 75 percent, of those are owned animals meaning they’re somebody’s pet,” said Sgt. Patrick Swanton with the Waco Police Dept.

Kids and animals are unpredictable, so the best advice is pay close attention to both. Many bites are preventable with supervision.

“Because it’s not necessarily the dog’s fault and it’s not necessarily the child’s fault, but they’re both doing what’s normal to them,” Lucia said.’

The only part of the report I disagree with is the advice to ‘take a foetal position to show that you are not a threat’. This is very good advice for a child whose face is on the same level as the dog’s but poor advice for an adult who is much safer standing up to face an aggressive dog.

About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim is a house call Veterinarian in Melbourne
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