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Indianapolis Hero Saves Special Needs Child Attacked By Dogs

Steve Wagner

Dog Bites by the numbersA hero was made last week in Indianapolis, and we want to take a moment to recognize the efforts and success of Russell Hill for saving the life of a young boy. Witnesses to the event say they saw the boy being viciously attacked by two pit bulls, and one woman tried (with no avail) to scare the dogs away.

According to her testimony, while she was attempting to scare the dogs, she saw Hill run from his home, grab the boy, and put himself in danger in order to protect the child.

The boy, a 12-year-old with special needs, was unable to communicate with officers after the accident. We know from the testimony of other witnesses that Hill saved the boy from major injuries and helped him escape with only injuries to his leg.

Hill, however, then became the focus of the attack, and sustained serious injuries all over his body. His recovery will be long and difficult, will require multiple surgeries, and even skin grafts before he reaches a full recovery.

When an IMPD officer arrived at the scene, they had to fire at the dogs to get them to back off of Hill. The officer shot and killed one of the dogs, and upon hearing the gunfire, the other dog fled. It was later captured by Animal Control. Hill was immediately transported to I.U. Methodist Hospital, where word has quickly spread of his heroism.

While there are many owners who have docile and harmless Pit Bulls and Rottweilers, they are still recognized as the two most deadly dog breeds, accounting for 74% of all dog attacks in the country. The CDC reports that nearly 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, with half of these being children.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a dog attack similar to the one in this story? If so, call Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440. Our dog bite attorneyscan assist you with your recovery and help you get the compensation you deserve to cover your medical costs and lost income.


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