Eleven Children Victims of Dog Attack

A total of eleven children were injured in a dog attack in Blyth, Northumberland, on Wednesday 19 May. The attack took place in a fenced-off play park, where many of the children were trapped with the Staffordshire bull terrier.

Three of the children were kept in hospital overnight for treatment, and it is likely that a seven-year-old girl, injured in the attack, will need skin grafts.

A total of three people have now been arrested on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control.

Our expert Adam Robins commented on the case “Owners of all animals need to be aware that in addition to the criminal liability, owners of animals, whether dangerous species or not, have a duty under the Animals Act 1971 to restrain animals if the animal was likely to cause harm and to warn people of the danger posed by the animal.”

“In this instance it would appear that this duty of care was not adhered to and it is therefore highly likely that someone will be facing charges for this attack and may even be liable for compensation claims.”

If you have been the victim of an animal attack, Michael Lewin Solicitors can help you bring a claim for compensation. Contact our Personal Injury team on 0113 200 9720 or complete the form opposite.

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