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Owner of dog that attacked child to stand trial

Posted on November 26th, 2012 No Comments

A Kent County man who owns the pitbull mix that attacked a nine year-old girl in August rejected a plea deal to instead stand trial before a jury. The man has been charged with owning an unlicensed animal, allowing an animal to stray, and owning a dangerous animal. According to MLive, the plea deal would have dismissed the first two charges in turn for a guilty plea. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

The attack occurred in Plainfield Township when a nine year-old girl was playing in her front yard with her sister and cousin. She says two dogs approached them and one lunged at her. Her mother and neighbors came to her rescue and were able to pull the dog away. She suffered injuries to her hand and throat, but was treated and released from the hospital the same day.

The two year-old pitbull mix responsible for the attack has been kept in quarantine at the Kent County Animal Shelter since it was apprehended by animal control. The owner says his dog was not known to act violently and has apologized to the family for the incident.

If your child has been injured by a dog, it is important to contact an attorney to help you receive the monetary compensation you deserve and to prevent the animal from inflicting harm on others. A lawsuit can pay for damages and hold the negligent or reckless dog owner responsible.

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