Teenager Wins Lawsuit after Suffering Horrific Facial Injuries From a Dog Attack

Single Jack Russel dog
  • Date: November 25th, 2011
  • Victim’s Age: 15
  • Victim’s Sex: Female
  • Occupation: Student
  • Place: Ontario
  • Compensation/ Settlement Amount: $57,500.
  • Breed of Dog: Cross-Border Collie /Labrador and Shiba Inu
  • On/Off property: On
  • Owner of the dog: Best Friend
  • Chained: No
  • Relationship to dog: Non-Family
  • Multiple dogs: No
  • Injuries sustained:  bite to left cheek requiring 10 sutures.


A fifteen-year-old girl was at a friend’s house and went to pet the family dog when he leaped up at her face and bit her. This resulted in a permanent scar on her face and in her memory.

The Horrific Dog Attack

On November 25, 2011, the victim attended a birthday party at her friend’s house. At the party, there were seven people and a dog named Hayden.

The victim got up from the couch she was sitting on and approached the dog, who was lying down on a nearby loveseat. As she bent down to pet the dog he lept up and bit her on the left cheek.

The victim had interacted with this dog on multiple occasions and prior to the incident, the dog had never exhibited signs of aggression.

Victim’s Injuries from Dog Attack

She went to the hospital and received a tetanus shot and 10 sutures on her face to close up the wound. The laceration left a 2.1 cm on the left side of her face near her mouth.

She consulted with a plastic surgeon regarding her scar and was told it would likely be permanent. The doctor did suggest laser treatment to help reduce the visibility of the scarring.

Compensation for Injured Victim

The victim filed a lawsuit and was awarded $ 45,000 in general damages, $10,000 to cover her laser treatment and $2,500 for sunscreen to protect her scar.



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