Children playing in snow attacked by landlord’s dog

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: their young child screams helplessly as a dog viciously attacks. Running on adrenaline and instincts, the parent rushes over to pry the animal off their child. However, the damage has already taken place.

One mom experienced this tragedy as her children were playing in the snow outside their home. The family’s landlord owned a German Shepherd that was allowed to roam in the area. As the mother brought her toddler inside, she heard the dog attack her 8-year-old child. After saving her son by forcing the dog off of him, the mother took him to the emergency room, where he received ten stitches.

The consequences of a dog attack can be serious. Primarily, the attack can severely injure individuals, especially vulnerable children. These attacks can lead to disfigurement, blood loss, contracting disease such as rabies, brain damage, intense pain and emotional trauma. They can even cause death. Such injuries may take a long time to heal or cause permanent damage.

The family also faces sudden medical expenses and now feels unsafe in their home. They have requested that the landlord euthanize his dog or they will have to break their lease early to move somewhere safer for their children.

Although this case happened recently in Georgia, it could have easily happened here in Illinois. Dog attacks are unfortunately universal to all states. As such, Illinois law enables survivors of random animal attacks to pursue compensation. The Animal Control Act places the responsibility for dog attacks with the pet’s owner. In this case, the family would be able to sue the landlord to pay for the child’s medical bills and other damages, including the possible termination of their lease.

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