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Boy attacked by dogs at uncle's house

The effects of a dog bite can be traumatic and long-lasting. Many families have been affected by such incidences, both on the side of the victim and the dog that attacked. In the case of an 11-year-old boy from Donora, Pennsylvania, it was more than just a single dog bite. According to reports, he has bite marks all over his body and received severe injuries.

The boy was at his uncle's house playing video games when three dogs attacked him. Two of the canines belong to the boy's uncle, while the third belongs to the man's girlfriend. According to the boy, he was playing video games with his uncle when the attack began. The boy said that he must have gotten excited and, somehow, it must have startled the dogs.

That is when the first animal bit him. He received bites on his arms, legs and head; he even felt one of them yanking on his arm. The first dog, a pit bull, initiated the attack by biting the boy on the head. Another pit bull bit the boy's stomach, back and legs. The third dog then joined in.

The boy's uncle and his girlfriend managed to get the dogs off of the boy. They then wrapped the 11-year-old in a blanket and told him what to tell the authorities when asked. Then, the boy said that he and his uncle walked to a neighbor's house to ask for transportation to the hospital.

The boy needed surgery for his wounds. He has stitches in both of his arms and more than a dozen staples in his head. According to reports, he will need rabies shots and will need physical therapy. No reports of charges have yet been heard.

Since the attack, the boy's mother has said that the uncle and the dogs are nowhere to be found. She wants the uncle to come forward because she is upset that her son will likely have to go to therapy three times a week. Indeed, owners have a responsibility to keep their guests safe from animals. The uncle needs to take ownership.

Source: WPXI, "Mother: Son severely injured in dog attack at uncle's Donora home," Aug. 17, 2012

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