my child was bitten by a dog unsure what to do next??

Carla - posted on 09/12/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my 6 yr old was in front of our condo, there was a lady that had a doberman on a leash when my son went to walk around them the dog attacked him from behind, we took him to the er where he received stitches and got the paperwork on the dog from the owner, i live in a gated community where everyone signs paperwork that you will not have aggressive breeds and the doberman is one listed however the office knows that the lady has the dog so now that my son has been up all night crying because his wound is constantly draining which he thinks is blood im really unsure on where to go from here do i file a police report? thanks!

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Katherine - posted on 09/12/2012

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The point is that the dog should NOT have been in the complex according to the policies! They ignored their own rules.

Dove - posted on 09/12/2012

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'just because it bit your son'.... yep, an unprovoked attack from behind (so it appears from the op).....



I don't blame 'breeds' with dogs, but this dog was on a leash AND attacked a child from behind. This particular dog IS aggressive and, unfortunately, should be put down. I wouldn't blame the dog specifically, but what did the owner do or not do when this happened?

Heather - posted on 09/12/2012

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Dobermans are NOT aggressive breeds. But this lady should be more careful where she walks her dog. You can file a police report. BUT they will take her dog away, and probably put it to sleep, just because it bit your son. I would write the apartment manager/owners, and tell them what happened, and tell them that if they don't do something about this, that you will file a police report. His wound is going to drain, tell him it's just water coming out and that it helps it to heel. Try not to scare him, he is only 6.



It's up to you what you do. If you want the dog put down, and you are that upset, then file a police report. If you want the woman to get rid of her dog, then tell her. If you want your apartment manager to do something about this, then tell them and threaten to Sue them! I wonder how many other people in the apartments have dobermans, rottweilers, pitbulls, german shepards, or small dogs that could bite people???

Dove - posted on 09/12/2012

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I agree with the others. Police report asap and since your child was injured because the management made an exception to the rules.... I would consider suing.



Good luck! I hope your son is ok soon!!

Firebird - posted on 09/12/2012

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I can see them making an exception, however, it's unlikely this is the first time that dog bit anyone, so his owner should have had him muzzled out in public. Yes file a report asap, and like Katherine said, you have ground to sue the owners of the condo as well, if you wish it.

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Carla - posted on 09/12/2012

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thank everyone so much for the responses i really appreciate it, my son is feeling a little better today however still starts shaking out of nowhere and saids he's just getting nervous for some reason, so thats something i will keep my eye out on, i filed a report with the police and a report with the management they did admit to knowing she had the dog however the dog was not on the lease when it was signed and the manager also admitted that the owner of the dog said it was skittish of men ( i dont know how a 6 yr old boy would be classified as a man) they are asking that the woman either gets rid of the dog or has to move which i feel good about but im just worried now of the lasting affects on my son and the scarring thats going to occur so im thinking of hiring a lawyer and finding out what my options are unfortunately i really like the management company where i live and i also hate for the dog to be put down it just doesnt need to be living in an apartment community and needs to have a muzzle on while in public....again thanks everyone for their opinions!

Katherine - posted on 09/12/2012

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Yes! File a report immediately. Why would they make n exception. I got bit by a doberman when I was little too. Right in the face. If your son was that badly injured, and the condo violated their own policy I would sue. Just my opinion.

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