Dog Bites. Whose fault is it? The bottom line is babies and dogs don’t mix

I recently cared for a nine-month-old baby girl who came to our emergency room with a dog bite that had ripped her face and scalp into pieces. As soon as I entered the room her father’s first words were, “It wasn’t the dog’s fault.” He went on to explain how this crawling infant had provoked the dog. I spent a long time talking to this nervous father and crying mother about dog bite prevention, and I reported the situation to animal control and the local police. The parents assured me that this infant would never be around this dog again. A few months later this same infant came back to our emergency room with another dog bite to the face, from the same dog.