3-Year-Old Injured in Hemet Dog Attack

A 3-year-old boy suffered severe facial injuries in a Hemet dog attack Monday. The dog attack occurred around 5 p.m. near Columbia Street and Johnston Avenue. The boy is being treated at a local hospital for his injuries and has also had to receive rabies shots. The child’s mother says the boy is traumatized from the incident.

The Riverside County Department of Animal Services impounded the dog, described as a pit bull mix. The dog will remained quarantined for 10 days. Officials say the animal has not been vaccinated for rabies.

Animal control is investigating the Hemet dog attack. Pending the investigation, the dog could possibly be returned to its owner.

Dog attacks, particularly those affecting children, are frightening and often sudden. More than half of dog bite victims are children under age 12. Most of the time, dogs bite children on the face or neck area. These dog attacks can cause children to experience physical and mental trauma for years.

What to do in a Dog Attack

Here are 7 things to do if your child is bitten or attacked by a dog:

  1. If the injury is serious, call 911 right away.
  2. Seek immediate medical attention. You should also have your child assessed for mental trauma.
  3. Get the dog owner’s information. Ask the owner for proof of rabies vaccination. If the dog is a stray or you cannot locate the owner, contact animal control and they will collect the dog.
  4. File a complaint with animal control. This will ensure that appropriate measures are taken to assess the incident and possibly quarantine the animal if necessary.
  5. Photograph your child’s injuries from the dog attack. These will serve as evidence if you pursue a personal injury claim.
  6. Collect statements from witnesses who can verify the dog attack.
  7. Schedule an appointment with a personal injury attorney who can help you fight for your child and hold the dog owner responsible for the attack.

“Our hearts go out the the little boy who has been injured and traumatized in this dog attack,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a dog attack and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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