A two-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after being bitten in the face by a dog while at his grandmother's home in Stafford, Texas earlier this afternoon.
The incident occurred around 1:30pm as the grandmother was babysitting her grandson. According to Stafford police, the dog suddenly attacked the toddler while he was playing. The boy was airlifted to Hermann Hospital with severe facial injuries, though he was reported as conscious and alert.
The City of Stafford Animal Control Officer arrived at the scene to control the dog and remove it from the property, but the dog reportedly died as it was being placed in the animal control vehicle. The dog's remains will be tested for the possibility of rabies, due to the nature of the attack and the dog's sudden death.
Dog attacks like the one discussed above have the potential to cause debilitating injuries and lifelong emotional and physical scars. Some dog attacks are even fatal. Children are at a particularly high risk when attacked by dogs because of their small stature, which often places their faces, heads and necks within easy biting distance. They are also more likely to be knocked to the ground by a dog.
Another important issue to consider is that many dog attacks occur with animals owned by friends, family members, neighbors and even victims themselves. We need to remember that dogs are animals and may act on instinct, causing harm when we never thought they would. The risk of aggressive behavior may be greater in certain breeds or when dogs are abused or raised in environments where such behavior is demanded or encouraged. Taking care around any dog, familiar or unfamiliar, may spare you and your children from injury.
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