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Parents of Studio City Dog Attack Victim Want Justice

Los Angeles police tell Studio City parents whose 7-year-old boy received more than 40 stitches from a dog attack bite that the case is closed.

Parents of a Studio City boy who was attacked by a dog outside his home on Beck Avenue on Dec. 30 are angry after they were told by the Los Angeles police that there's nothing they can do, reports CBS2.

The 7-year-old boy's mother, Kimberly Hilton, reported to Patch that the dog's owner said the Akita was friendly. However, when Hilton's son Jack walked up to him, the dog went right after the his neck and chest and then took a chunk of out of his arm. Jack received more than 40 stitches, and Hilton said that even muscle had to be stitched. One of Jack's puncture wounds came close to collapsing his lung. 

CBS reports that a watch commander at the LAPD North Hollywood Division said there's nothing they can do, even if Jack died, unless the Akita's owner ordered the attack. The case has been passed along to the East Valley Care Center.

What are your thoughts on this case? 

JESSYCA NYGREN January 19, 2014 at 11:01 PM
I'm sorry to hear about Jack's injury. Was the Akita on a leash? Or was the dog wandering unattended? Or on his own property? These stories are so often lacking in a few crucial details. It isn't always so black & white.
Lynda January 20, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Has this dog ever bitten anyone before? Was his behavior a shock to his owner? How can it be that the owner was confident that his dog would be friendly - and then the dog did what he did? Surely they have had many previous public encounters without this kind of thing happening. Has the owner offered to pay the boy's expenses? What does the owner say about all this? Were they all neighbors since they were all walking. Was the dog quarantined to make sure he was healthy? Is the owner taking steps to have the dog trained, retrained, seen by a behaviorist, etc.? Why wouldn't a news report address these very relevant issues? I was happy to see a picture of the boy looking okay after this frightening incident and especially to see him with his own dog, untraumatized. It was even a nice touch to see that the family dog looks like it's a pit bull.
JESSYCA NYGREN January 20, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Excellent questions Lynda! Thanks. I'm sure many of us reading/following this story want to know the same thing. A note to the writer: a good "journalism" piece is preferred over "sensationalism". Your audience is a well-heeled crowd :-)
Vince Brocato February 01, 2014 at 02:12 PM
This dog needs to be under control at all times. The owner was negligent and is legally liable. The Police are no help in these cases and the child's family may have to pursue this with Animal control, or the city attorney's office.
Doug Mortenson February 19, 2014 at 09:46 PM
The blaming of the parent, child for this unwarranted attack is the sign of a sociopath. Yes, I'm talking about you, Yaffe. The story was fairly clear, Lynda, the boy was told the dog was freindly and when he approached the dog, the dog attacked him. All your remaining questions are secondary to the fact that a dog attacked someone for no reason what-so-ever. I'll bet you're the owner of a similar dog who if he decides to attack someone, has the ability to do them serious harm or even kill them. Anyone who thinks their right to own any dog they want trumps a humans life is a sociopath. And people wonder why violent assault continues to rise.


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