Boy Recovering After Surgery Following Dog Bite Attacks on Trampoline

Posted - November 29, 2021
dog bites boy on trampoline

Last month, Hunter Heater, a 9-year-old boy in White Lake Township, Michigan, was mauled by two dogs while playing on a trampoline. He suffered “severe lacerations and cuts” that required 200 stitches and 40 staples in his skull, according to the GoFundMe campaign set up to help his family with medical bills. “It is an image I will never (forget), his skin was just hanging and you could see his skull and his artery in his neck,” Hunter’s mother, Rachel, told local FOX news station WJBK. 

Hunter’s dog bite injury occurred on October 13, 2021, when two dogs escaped nearby crates and attacked Hunter as he played on a trampoline. He was bitten 75 times, according to the family. Fortunately, he received prompt medical attention and hospital care. The dog bites narrowly missed the boy’s jugular vein and trachea, but resulted in multiple bone fractures and swelling and fluid in the area of his brain. 


On the GoFundMe page, the family has since provided several updates about Hunter’s recovery from the dogs’ attack. On November 18, Rachel Heater reported that Hunter continues to receive treatment and physical therapy as part of the recovery process. Besides enduring surgeries to repair muscles in his arms and legs as well as various scar treatments, Hunter is dealing with trauma issues returning to school has been a very difficult process. 

Our thoughts are with Hunter and his family, and we hope he has a speedy recovery! If you would like to follow his recovery, offer words of encouragement, or donate to help, the GoFundMe page continues to provide updates and accept donations towards his medical bills.


Dog bite injuries can be especially severe when children are attacked by dangerous dogs. They often result in both physical injury and emotional trauma. In Texas, you can seek damages from a dog’s owner if it attacked you and caused injuries as a result of the owner’s carelessness. You may be able to recover compensation for lost wages, medical treatment, and emotional damage from the attack. 

The personal injury attorneys at the Genthe Law Firm have years of experience helping clients in Dallas and surrounding counties recover compensation for dog bite injuries and other injuries. We’re passionate about holding dog owners accountable for their negligence. Honesty and compassion are important to us—we know that you are dealing with a difficult, stressful time following the dog attack. Our goal is to vigorously defend your rights in your dog bite case, from gathering evidence to representing you in negotiation and the courtroom. Throughout the process, we take care to ensure that you are not overwhelmed. 

Please know that we provide a NO-FEE GUARANTEE. If we do not recover for you, you will be charged no fee. If we can help you or a loved one injured by a dog bite, please call our office for a free consultation at (214)-957-0898. 

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