Tanner Smith, just shy of his 6th birthday, was attacked by two pit bulls in the yard of his mothers friend. He was bitten at least 16 times, many of which were in his neck.
Tanner’s mother had brought him with her to visit her friend. She thought her friends father, the owner of the dogs was in the yard with her son. When she realized her mistake, it was too late. Tanner was rushed to the hospital in nearby Beaumont, and died shortly thereafter.
It is sad to know that these same dogs attacked a 9-year-old girl late last year, but the wounds at that time did not meet criteria for Texas law to consider the dogs dangerous.
Dog attacks similar to this one happen several times every year. It is never safe to assume your child will be safe around the dogs of others, even friends and family. Sometimes dogs attack the child of their owner. Always be cautious and prevent your child from being the next victim.