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Hutchison dog attack leaves serious injuries

Posted on July 9th, 2012

A four-year-old girl from Hutchison is recovering from a dog attack that happened last Monday evening.

It happened in her uncle’s yard by a large Shepherd mix. Around 5:40 p.m., her uncle was alerted by her screaming and arrived to find Kailynn Renee Hartman pinned on the ground by the dog.

After seeing the dog had her by the neck, Hartman’s uncle was able to scare off the dog. Hartman was rushed to the hospital where she was treated for a large bite to the front of her neck and multiple teeth wounds to the back of her neck. Hartman is expected to recover.

The dog has been found and taken to a vet, but no collar or owner information has been found.

With dog attacks on the rise around the nation, Wichita families are reminded that a dog attack can happen anywhere and anytime. Keep these tips in mind if are a victim of a Kansas dog attack.

Yell “no” or “go home” – Most dogs have been taught these words by their owners and will most likely stop them in their tracks.

Put an object between you and the dog – A tree, bench, umbrella or any item you are carrying may deter the dog.

Never run – The dog will want to chase you. Instead, turn sideways and slowly remove yourself out of the dog’s territory.

Don’t stare at the dog’s eyes – The dog may take this as a sign of aggression.

If these tactics do not work and you are bitten by a dog, it is important to know the law in regards to a dog bite or attacks. At Ray Hodge and Associates, we have experience handling Kansas dog bite cases, and Wichita dog fright cases. We understand the serious nature of the injuries and can work with your doctors to make sure that any future medical concerns you have are taken into account. We also work closely with plastic surgeons to ensure that your treatment includes the necessary help to repair and minimize the permanent scarring that usually results from serious Kansas dog bite injuries.

Kansas law entitles you to compensation and you need a Kansas dog bite attorney that is experienced in handling dog attack cases. Ray Hodge & Associates has been helping injured Kansans for over twenty years. We have handled numerous Kansas dog attack cases and can help you rebuild your life after the nightmarish event that is being attacked by a dog. Call us today to schedule your free consultation at 269-1414. If we take your case and don’t recover any money you don’t owe us a thing.

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