A 16-month-old was taken to a trauma center after being bitten in the head by a dog.
The incident happened just before 2 p.m. on May 21, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The child was playing with the dog under the supervision of the child’s mother.
The owner said the dog “did not appear to maliciously attack the child, but rather, appeared to be playing.”
The family adopted the dog from Hernando County Animal Services about two months ago.
Deputies are still investigating.
Dogs are thought of as household pets, so this may come as a surprise, but dogs have been the cause of over four million animal bites every year. Many of these cases involve attacks on small children which can leave the child with both permanent physical and emotional scarring. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, it is important that you speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our Hernando County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can review your claim and work towards recovering the financial compensation you need for your injuries.