6yo Boy Injured in Dog Attack on Timberglen Rd in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX -- February 17, 2022, a 6-year-old boy was seriously injured in a dog attack on Timberglen Road in Dallas.
News reports say the boy was getting off a bus on the 3400 block of Timberglen Road around 3:15 p.m. when the dog ran out of a nearby apartment and mauled him.
The boy was seriously injured and taken to the hospital. The dog's owner was arrested and charged with attack by dangerous dog resulting in serious bodily injury--a felony.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Dog Attack on Timberglen Road in Dallas
This incident was serious enough that authorities felt it appropriate to file charges, which doesn't always happen after dog attacks. The fact that there were apparently prior concerns certainly makes it seem like consequences are more than warranted. However, there could be more complex issues to consider. Even if someone can be charged for an accident like this, would they also be responsible for a victim's injuries? Texas has a unique law in that regard.
It's called the One Bite Rule. Essentially, if a dog injures someone but it's the first time such an accident occurred, owners aren't usually liable for the damage done. Animals can be unpredictable, so a sudden attack isn't always reasonably preventable. After that first incident, however, the risk becomes apparent. Owners need to then take the proper precautions to make sure no future attacks occur. If they fail to take these precautions, then they may be liable for future attacks.
Reports don't say whether the dog has done anything like this before, but it's an important detail to learn when finding ways to help that young boy with his recovery. I hope steps are being taken to find all the facts after this terrible incident.