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Dog shot after biting child in Stockbridge Township, Michigan

Owning a dog is a big responsibility, and a decision that should not be taken lightly. Numerous responsibilities come with owning any animal, such as feeding it, housing it, keeping it clean and healthy--but the biggest responsibility of all is keeping that animal under control. When dog owners fail to do this, their dogs may bite people, which can result in serious injuries and scarring, and as a result the only option is often for authorities to put the dog down.

On Sunday in Stockbridge Township, Michigan, a 6-year-old child suffered a dog bite. The child reportedly was riding his bicycle near a dog that was not restrained or even supervised at the time. The dog attacked the boy on his lower leg.

When police tracked down the dog, he was back on his owner's property, but he still was not contained in any way. Apparently he was not fenced in or on a chain. The dog was displaying aggressive behavior to police, who then decided to shoot the dog, fearing he was a threat to the public.

This dog bite, and this dog's death, probably could have been avoided if the dog had simply been on a chain or kept in a fenced in yard.

When someone is injured by a dog bite or animal attack, it is possible to hold the dog owner liable for his or her negligence. By doing so, it is possible to obtain compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering related to the attack.

Source: Examiner, "Dog owner failure results in child injury and dog shot in Michigan," Penny Eims, Oct. 1, 2012

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