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Pit Bull Attack in Garden City Sends 5-Yr-Old to Hospital

Posted on Dec 11, 2014

GARDEN CITY -- Police report that a 5-yr-old was viciously attacked by a pit bull in Garden City yesterday sending the child to the local hospital where the child currently remains in guarded condition.

Police report that the vicious attack was unprovoked.

The attack took place in a residence off of Smoke Way in Garden City.

Apparently, this is not the first time the dog demonstrated aggressive tendencies according to at least one report by a nearby neighbor. One neighbor in particular told a reporter that the same dog almost attacked her 2-yr-old daughter not more than two months ago.

Investigators report that the child was accompanied by a parent or guardian at the time of the attack and was well known by the pit bull socially. They had stopped by at the home during the afternoon and was invited inside when the unprovoked attack occurred. The animal has been quarantined at the animal shelter while an investigation continues.

In Idaho, owners that maintain or harbor dogs with aggressive tendencies that are placed on notice of the animal’s history toward other animals or individuals may be liable for the injuries that occur to guests and other individuals notwithstanding they occur within the confines of an owner’s property including, but not limited to past and future medical treatment including counseling, lost wages, salary and benefits and pain and suffering, disability, scarring and diminution in the quality of life and capacity to enjoy life.



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year of which a significant number (approximately 885,000) require the attention of a medical healthcare professional. Approximately one half of the victims involve children. Over 27,000 individuals each year have reconstruction surgery following a dog bite to address the scarring that results from being bitten by a dog.



If you or a loved one have been attacked and bitten by an animal there are a number of steps you should take to document the injuries.

Parents of children attacked by dogs are also confronted with the task of helping their children deal with the traumatic event as well as being strapped with the problem of addressing the costs of treatment and therapy for their child for the injuries inflicted. There are a number of resources and measures in the Treasure Valley that parents can utilize to help their children deal with the traumatic event.

If you are your loved one have been attacked by an animal, you should consult with an experienced dog bite attorney to help marshal the resources you need to help your child deal with the event as well as to seek assistance in taking care of the medical bills. Boise Dog Bite Attorney Alan Morton has over 32 years of experience in helping families traumatized by the unprovoked attack of an animal. You can reach Mr. Morton to schedule a free initial consultation to learn of your legal rights and remedies as well as the local resources available to help your child deal with the psychological trauma of such an ordeal by calling 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 or by completing an online contact form. Mr. Morton has helped many families over the past 32 years to deal with traumatic injuries to children and their families, and he is willing to provide you the information you need to deal with such a traumatic event if same should happen to you or one of your loved ones.

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Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer