A dog attack is a terrifying experience for anyone….A dog attack to a seven year old boy can easily be deadly…Yet, the seven year old in this story not only managed to survive, but to fend off the dog and prevent it from getting to his 4 year old brother and a friend…
The dog, a German Shepherd mix breed, had escaped from a nearby business in the 100 block of Northwest Ninth Avenue in Homestead. The business was already closed for the day. According to police, the dog ran across the street to the home where the kids were playing in their unfenced front yard and attacked them.
Saved his little brother
When they saw the dog coming at them, the two smaller boys hid under a nearby parked van. Then 7 year old Timo Perez, blocked the dog with his body and prevented it from getting to his younger brother and to his neighbor. Upon hearing the kids’ screams, their father rushed out of the house, grabbed a shovel and hit the dog, who ran back to the business. Timo was bitten in his arm, shoulder and head and subsequently rushed to Miami Children’s Hospital from where he was released Saturday.
Dog owner cited
The dog’s owner has been cited by police and the dog has been euthanized. Under Florida Law, dog owners are generally responsible when their dogs attack people, especially when the attack was unprovoked and happened while the dog was roaming free. Therefore, regardless of whether criminal charges are filed, the dog owner may face civil responsibility.
If you or a loved one have been the victims of a dog attack, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Dog Attacks Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano has throughout the years represented many clients that have suffered serious personal injuries. Visit our website to learn more about us and contact us today for a free consultation.