An 11-year-old boy is recovering from a brutal dog attack. Tanner Flick was at a friend’s house when their family pet attacked him. He walked through the kitchen and reached down to pet the dog. Before he knew it, the dog turned on him. The dog, a pit bull, knocked him to the floor and began attacking his face. Tanner had to fight to get the dog off of him. His wounds required 24 stitches.
Flick’s parents are incredibly thankful that their son is still alive. Brad Flick, Tanner’s father, mentioned just how close the lacerations were to his child’s throat. Sadly, Tanner’s road to recovery has been a difficult one. Shortly after the attack, his wounds became infected. He also had an allergic reaction the antibiotics that were prescribed. Tanner’s parents have also expressed their concern about Tanner’s continued recovery. They state that he will have to see a plastic surgeon eventually, but that he will not be able to do so for over a year. It’s not uncommon for dog attack victims to need multiple plastic surgeries over the course of months or years to repair damage, especially when their faces have been attacked.
The dog was quarantined immediately by Wichita Falls Animal Control. To protect the community from further danger, it was then euthanized. Steve Dodge, a supervisor with Wichita Falls Animal Control, stated that the remains were sent to Austin to be tested for rabies. KFDX News Channel Three reports that the dog had bitten two other people in the past, but no reports were ever filed. Although the dog has been euthanized, Tanner says that doesn’t erase the memory of the attack.
Last year, we reported on a case where a five-year-old girl was mauled by a pit bull. She also sustained serious injuries to her face and lost an ear in the attack. Her grandmother was also hospitalized due to injuries sustained while trying to save the little girl. Dog bites are always serious, no matter how large or small the dog is. Wichita Falls has a strict liability statute for dog bites. This means that there doesn’t have to be any demonstrated history of aggression. An owner can be held liable if his or her dog bites and injures someone. Victims of dog bites are often facing extensive tissue damage and lengthy recovery times. If you’ve been attacked by a dog, contact the experienced dog bite lawyers at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation.