Two people were bitten by a pair of loose pit bulls in Camarillo when they tried to pull the animals off another dog they were attacking, the Ventura County Star reports. One man sustained a bite to his hand and had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment. A woman was treated at the scene for a bite to her hand. The pit bulls ended up killing the dog that the two people were trying to rescue. Sheriff’s deputies captured the pit bulls and animal control officers impounded the animals.
It is extremely fortunate that the two people who tried to rescue the other dog were not more seriously injured by these pit bulls that were running loose in this Camarillo neighborhood. I wish both the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
This is the third Southern California dog attack in just the last week or so where two or more pit bulls have been attacking people or animals in packs. I’ve always maintained that pit bulls are extremely dangerous when they attack in packs rather than by themselves. They egg each other on and treat the person or animal they are attacking like prey in the wild. These breeds are nothing less than predators. They mark their targets and attack mercilessly.
In this Ventura County dog bite accident, I trust that police and animal control officials will be able to find out who the dog owner is and hold them responsible for the damage and injuries. This dog owner has been careless and negligent and must be held responsible for their wrongdoing. Also in this case, both the injured victims as well the owner of the dog that was mauled, should be able to collect damages from the dog owner.
California has a “strict liability statute” in dog bite cases. California’s Civil Code Section 3342 states: “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
These injured victims, would be well-advised to retain the services of a reputed dog bite attorney, who will help protect their legal rights and make the negligent dog owner pay for his or her wrongdoing.