A 14-month-old toddler has been left permanently disfigured after being viciously mauled by a dog. The Staffordshire bull-terrier dog was kept at the grandparents’ home where the attack happened.
The toddler, named locally as Jensen was taken straight to hospital with his mother Stephanie Dunk where it is said he suffered ‘life changing’ injuries. The wounds included a bite on his cheek and multiple injuries to his head and body which includes a perforated ear drum.
Detectives believe that the animal became violent and snapped as temperatures soared to 29C when he became restless. At present the dog has been seized and might be destroyed but no arrests have been made. The police are currently investigating the breed of dog.
Detective Inspector Parr said “this accident looks likely to not be criminal, it’s more of a case of a dog snapping at a young child after getting frustrated during the heat”.
Jensen was being looked after by Miss Dunk’s partner’s mother while Stephanie was at work when the incident happened in the garden around lunchtime.
Detective Inspector Parr also added “during the hot weather people must make sure dogs are properly supervised. Even when it appears the dog is looked after properly it only takes a moment of madness for something like this to happen.”
Claiming compensation if you’ve been mauled by a dog
Both physical and emotional pain can happen as a result of a dog attack but if the dog was out of control and you didn’t aggravate it then you could claim compensation.
Give the advisors at Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and they can advise you if you have a valid claim. The friendly team will guide you through the whole process to make it as easy as possible to get what you deserve.
Date Published: July 30, 2014
Author: David Brown