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9-year-old Michigan girl recovers from pit bull attack

Watching your child end up in harm's way is every parent's worst nightmare. Most Michigan parents would anything to protect their children. In what was likely among the scariest moments of her life, a Michigan woman fought off a vicious pit bull as it attacked her young daughter.

The 9-year-old girl was playing in her front yard when the dog attack occurred. Two dogs approached the girl and her sister and cousin. Then the pit bull attacked. In a recent news report, neighbors recalled hearing her unsettling screams.

The girl's mother ran outside and two neighbors rushed to help. Those who were there said the girl backed up at one point, but the dog persisted. The girl then tried to protect herself by curling her body into a ball, but the dog kept biting her. Her father said she was bit at least 15 times. She needed several stitches after the attack.

The dog that attacked her is owned by a neighbor who insists that neighbors have blown things out of proportion and portrayed his dog in an inaccurately negative light. The dog was quarantined by local animal control. Initial news reports said the county's prosecutor would decide if charges will be lodged against the dog owner. The dog's life will be left in the hands of a judge.

Unfortunately, situations like this happen more often than we would like. Often, the victims of dog attacks could have done little to prevent them. And as we can see from this young girl's situation, many people suffer serious injuries and emotional trauma during dog attacks. For this reason, it is important that the victims of dog attacks know that dog owners can be held responsible for the actions of their dogs. A personal injury lawsuit can help a victim not only achieve a sense of justice, but also obtain financial compensation that can help cover related expenses.

Source: MLive, "9-year-old girl attached by pit bull in Plainfield Township credits rescuers for saving her life," Heidi Fenton, Aug. 1, 2012

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