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Teenage Girl Attacked by Police Dog That Escaped Its Handler

A teenage girl was injured on October 30, 2010 when she was attacked by a dog while leaving a church youth group meeting in Indianapolis, IN.

According to officers with the Indianapolis Police Department, 18-year-old Natalie Bradley-Wilson was walking through the parking lot of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, located along Five Points Road when the animal approached.

It turns out the animal was a police K-9 unit that had escaped its handler, cop Scott Baker. When the animal began biting Natalie on her neck, she became frightened and, in her desperation, bit the animal back.

A fellow churchgoer observed the scene and attempted to free her from the dog's clutches. Natalie was rushed to Franciscan St. Francis Hospital for bite wounds to her neck, chest and shoulder.

Unfortunately, Natalie's experience was not wholly unusual. An estimated 885,000 victims of dog bites require medical attention each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When attacks occur, injured victims should seek medical attention immediately. Parents, especially, should ensure that their children should receive proper care. It is unclear whether Natalie Bradley-Wilson and her family will pursue legal action. Only a qualified attorney can tell you how best to proceed with your case.

If you've been attacked by a dog or if a family member has, you deserve representation from a qualified Indiana dog bite attorney. Contact the law offices of Keller & Keller for a free consultation.

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What to Do if You're Attacked

  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Take photographs of the wounds
  • Call 911 or animal control to report the incident
  • Take photographs of the dog (if it's safe to do so)
  • Gather information about the dog owner (name, address, phone number, insurance info)
  • Contact an experienced dog bite attorney