Two Rottweilers attacked an Inland Empire woman while she was taking a morning stroll, last Friday morning. Gail Theurer, 66, of San Antonio Heights was severely injured in the dog bite attack. She was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton where she was hospitalized in serious condition, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Apparently Theurer used a can of Mace or pepper spray on the dogs to protect herself after the initial attack. It did not stop them however. According to Beth Les, community-resource officer for the Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona, neither dog was licensed. The Humane Society took possession of dogs. The owners of the dogs have not been located.
The dogs will be quarantined for 10 days, per state code, because the bites broke Theurer’s skin, said Brian Sampson, supervisor of animal services for the Inland Valley Humane Society. He said that vicious-dog charges will be filed against the owners due to the severity of the attack.
So the worst that happens to the people who allowed their dogs to severely injure a 66-year-old woman is to lose their vicious dogs? Sure, Theurer can sue the owners for the medical bills, losses and general damages, but do you think the owners are going to own anything or have any insurance? Shouldn’t there be more accountability than that? What about some jail time?
Allowing these two vicious dogs out on the street amounts to criminal negligence. I think it’s time that we impose criminal sanctions on dog owners whose dog has viciously attacked someone.
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