Chino police officers shot and killed two loose dogs that attacked multiple people in the area and killed another dog on the afternoon of June 16.
According to a KTLA news report, officers responded to the 13000 block of 14th Street after receiving a call about two loose dogs attacking a 50-year-old man. They were forced to take lethal action at the scene.
Dogs Posed Lethal Danger
When they arrived on the scene, officers found the man had suffered serious injuries to his legs. The dog attack victim was transported to a local hospital. Police then located the dogs in the front yard of a home nearby. Inland Valley Humane Society was contacted to try and secure the loose dogs. But the Human Society officer who arrived at the scene was also viciously attacked and seriously injured by the dogs.
Fearing for the immediate safety of the responding officer and after learning that the dogs had also killed a neighbor’s dog, officers determined that the loose dogs posed a lethal threat to people in that area, officials said. They then used their firearms to shoot and kill both dogs, officials said. The Humane Society officer suffered severe injuries and was rushed to a local hospital. The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information about the loose dogs is asked to contact Chino police at 909-334-3055.
Our thoughts and prayers are with these two dog attack victims who were severely injured, including the officer who was responding to help with the situation. We wish them both the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Laws and Liability Issues
Dog owners have a responsibility under the law to keep their pets secured and not let them run loose in neighborhoods and communities. Under California law, dog owners can be held liable for the injuries and damages their pets cause. 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.”
In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, hospitalization, surgeries, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled dog bite cases and can help them secure fair and full compensation for all their losses.