A family’s cat saved their boy from a dog attack in Bakersfield this week, reported the Los Angeles Times. The 4-year-old boy was riding his tricycle when the dog appeared from behind an SUV and attacked his ankle, pulling him from the bike. Seconds later, the family’s cat Tara charged the dog, chasing it away from the child. He suffered a deep bite wound to his leg, for which he received stitches.
Every year in the United States, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs, and half of them are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kids between the ages of 5 and 9 suffer the highest rate of dog bite-related trauma. Nearly one in five of the victims, about 885,000 people, require medical attention. More than 27,000 dog bite victims had to undergo reconstructive surgery in 2012.
In California, those who’ve been injured in dog attacks may hold the animals’ owners liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the boy who was injured in this dog attack.