A 7-year-old girl in Marietta, Cobb County is recovering from serious leg injuries she sustained in a dog bite attack this week.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the girl was walking alone near her Mobile Valley mobile home park when the dog ran across the street and attacked her. A passerby was able to pry the dog off the girl by using a piece of wood to scare the dog away. He then took the child to the hospital. She's currently recovering at Children's Health Care of Atlanta at Egleston. The dog has since been euthanized. The owners may now have charges filed against them.
Not surprisingly, an overwhelming majority of dog bite attacks in Georgia involve children. Most children who are bitten by a dog are between 5 and 9 years of age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are close to 4.5 million dog bites in the country every year. However, when you consider that many dog bites are not reported, or don't result in injuries that are serious enough to require medical attention, you understand that that is a very modest estimate. According to the CDC, about 880,000 dog bite victims seek emergency medical attention at a hospital every year.
Georgia's dog bite laws help protect and compensate attack victims. However, if the dog is on the leash, an attack victim must prove that the owner had information about the dog's vicious propensity. The term "vicious" doesn't necessarily mean that the dog needs to have been involved in an earlier attack. The law does require proof that the dog was involved in some aggressive, unprovoked, ferocious behavior in an earlier instance.
Jason Schultz is a dog bite lawyer in Atlanta helping injured victims recover compensation for their losses.