The Delaware County Daily Times reported two aggressive pit bulls were sent to the Delaware County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) after mauling a mother, 18, and her 11-month-old baby girl. The dogs bit the mother numerous times, and her baby girl also suffered twenty puncture marks on her body as a result of the attack.
Local law enforcement responded to the report of the child bitten by a pit bull, and police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said the baby was lucky to be alive. "The dogs just snapped out," said Chitwood.
The mother had rushed to protect her daughter when she found the dogs biting the baby girl. Several people were inside the house when the attack occurred; a 15-year-old cousin quickly seized the baby, ran upstairs, and locked herself and the infant in a bedroom. After being rescued, the paramedics brought the infant girl to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She was treated and released while her mother received at least three stitches from the Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
One of the dogs belonged to the homeowner and police are still investigating the incident and looking for any prior dog complaints to the house. The pit bulls will be quarantined for 10 days and evaluated by a veterinarian.
Many people have been bitten by animals; which a Philadelphia personal injury attorney can affirm with his or her fair share of animal-related cases. Determining your legal rights can be complicated when you have endured an animal bite or attack. Contact a Philadelphia personal injury attorney experienced in handling dog or animal cases to help you determine damages that you are entitled to.
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