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? 

Lisa January 18, 2014 at 01:06 AM
That is crazy! Whether or not they 'ordered' the attack, the owner is responsible for keeping their pet under control. I would fight this tooth and nail....
bbohlcke January 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM
It looks like dog bites are handled not by the police but by the department of Animal Care and Control. the owner should be responsible for all health care costs and their should be some action taken to ensure that the dog is safe. I know I have heard that if a dog bites 3 times then it is put down. this case sounds pretty serious and may have more serious actions. If the family wants more action, they probably take it to civil court. there are dog bite lawyers.
stephanie January 18, 2014 at 03:11 PM
All dogs can bite! Even chihuahuas can bite. Don't let your kids go up to dogs you do not know. If someone ever asks, "Does he bite", I'd say well, he does have teeth.
William (Praxis) January 18, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Absolutely unbelievable.
Shaye Nelson January 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM
It is terrible that this dog hurt that little boy so seriously. This article does not give enough info to know why criminal law does not apply. For instance, if the dog was on a leash, then the owner was not breaking the law but only erred in being very ignorant of their dog's temperament around children. And in understanding that the Akita is an attack dog. So, this is where, I believe, civil law would step in and the boy's family can sue the dog's owners for damages. Maybe civil court could also provide some kind of court ordered training for the dog? I've also heard that if a dog attacks a certain number of times it is put down. Hopefully the owners of this dog now understand the personality of their dog and do the right thing - training, muzzle, medication and - as a last resort - destroying the dog. Or giving it away to someone who can handle it. Our neighbor had to give away their Akita. It was good natured but a phenomenal escape artist and very difficult to train/control. My unprofessional opinion is that they need more time and discipline than most owners are able to give. Terrible, terrible terrible that a child had to be the one to pay the price for the owner's ignorance. Though, they probably thought their own dog was friendly…
kimberly HInton January 24, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Since the story about the dog bite aired on CBS, we have received an apology from the North Hollywood Police station for what they said to my husband and animal control has now requested a "potentially dangerous animal" hearing for our case. I am glad they are taking this more seriously and hope others will learn from his awful situation. I know it was just an unfortunate incident and any dog could have done this.
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) January 27, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Thanks for the update Kimberly!
Renee Palyo January 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM
Kimberly: I hope you find justice. I see a woman walking an Akita in the area and I am thinking that must be the dog. I had an Akita 14 years ago. My dog was good with people, but aggressive with other dogs. I loved her, but would never have another one. What I don't understand is how the owner allowed this to happen. If a child approaches an on-leash dog, the walker should be ready to jerk the dog back. You are doing a service to the community having a "potentially dangerous animal" hearing. The owner must show do diligence to make sure this never happens again. I am a dog lover, but if my dog attacked a child, I'd put it down. No excuses when a child's safety is at risk.


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