By: Staff Writer
About 5 million people in the United States are injured each year as a result of dog bites. It is way too common and you don’t have to try too hard to find at least a dozen incidents that are serious enough to make their way to the day’s news. Just over the last few days we were able to find numerous dog bite news articles on the Web.
What is shocking is that fatalities are starting to become more and more common in these attacks. And it’s not just babies or toddlers who are the victims. We have grown men and women – who did nothing but pass by a dog; mail carriers are common victims. In fact, Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is representing David Carroll, a veteran mailman, who was mauled by a loose pit-bull in Westminster.
These incidents only reiterate the idea that we must hold dog owners responsible for their pets. If a dog runs loose and attacks or kills an innocent victim, guess who’s liable? The dog owner.
Here is a compilation of some of the latest news stories from around the world relating to dog bites:
West Sacramento sued over K-9 dog attack: A man is suing the city of West Sacramento and five of its police officers after he suffered permanent injuries in a “vicious, unprovoked attack” by a police dog, according to a news report in the Sacramento Bee. Apparently officers confronted Eduardo Delatorre on Dec. 4, 2005 thinking he was a man reported to have been brandishing a gun in that area. On top of the mistaken identity, the suit alleges that a 100-pound dog was set on him without warning. The article says the dog, Lugar, a German Shepherd, has since retired.
Dogs kill three in two separate incidents: near Detroit, animal control officials scratched their heads over two separate attacks last week in suburban communities. According to news reports in Detroit News, in one horrific incident, a 90-pound Rottweiler attacked and killed a 4-month-old baby when her mother stepped away for a minute to get formula for the infant. In another incident, a pack of 10 dogs attacked a 91-year-old man and a 56-year-old female jogger, mauling and killing both.
Man’s ordeal after pit-bull attack: A British man who had his left ring finger bitten off by a pit-bull two years ago had to have it reattached with micro surgery. The incident occurred when Ken Duncan, 57, was walking his dog, according to an article in the Islington Tribune. Duncan has been upset because he couldn’t wear his wedding ring for two years. The incident led Duncan to start the Finsbury Dog Group, which aims to commend responsible dog owners and hold irresponsible dog owners responsible.
Dog attack at NFL star’s home: There was reportedly a dog attack at Bengal cornerback Deltha O’Neal’s home last week when the family pet, a Rottweiler, reportedly attacked and bit a 23-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son. According to an article in the Cincinnati Post, O’Neal did not have the required license to keep that dog. The Rottweiler has been quarantined for 10 days.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack or have been bitten by a vicious dog, contact Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation.