Everyone knows that children do things that adults wouldn't. For example, a child might walk up to a strange animal to pet it without permission. Or, perhaps in a fit of aggression, a teen could kick or maim an animal. While most dog bites are not a result of mistreating an animal, this can play a role in whether you can seek compensation after your child suffers an attack. Here are four things you should know about dog bite laws in California.
A California man was recently sentenced for crimes in connection to a fatal mauling of a toddler involving three pit bulls. The man was caring for the 2 year-old, who was his step grandson, when the incident occurred. A local CBS affiliate, CBS 8, reported that the man had separated his five pit bulls from the area he was using to care for the child, keeping the dogs in the garage. The young child was left unsupervised and wandered to the garage. The boy somehow entered the area where the dogs were kept and was fatally attacked, reportedly by only three of the five dogs. Details from the investigation note the young boy received over 100 dog bites.
Dog attacks are hot topics after the video of a cat defending a young boy from an attacking dog went viral. The video appears to depict a cat saving the young boy from a dog bite. Although the video may lead to renewed vigilance for parents watching over children around dogs, it is not the only piece of alarming news. A recent report released by the Associated Press notes that authorities recently released statistics on dog bites throughout the country in an effort to promote dog bite awareness.
When stories about dog attacks hit the news, they almost always seem to involve pit bulls. The truth of the matter is that any dog can be vicious and the size of the animal doesn't much matter. Of course, the bigger the animal, the more serious the injury it is likely to cause the victim, especially if the target of the dog attack is a child.
One California community is considering banning pit bulls. Pit bulls are considered by at least one authority to be the most aggressive dog. Unfortunately, certain breeds of dogs have been bred to fight.
The number of dog attacks grows in the summer months, something that isn't too surprising when you consider more people are outside, enjoying the weather with their friends (and man's best friend). Increased interaction between people and dogs inherently means there will be more incidents where a person suffers a dog bite.
Many people remember hearing about the tragic police dog attack that resulted in the death of an 89-year-old man in Hayward, California, in 2011. The incident took place in May 2011 when a police dog was let loose in a neighborhood of mobile homes to track down a robbery suspect. Instead, the dog mistakenly bit an elderly man who was in his own backyard at the time.
For the many California residents who own dogs or who have had a dog in the past, it is hard to imagine the loveable family pet causing harm to you or others. Still, each year many faithful companions accidentally bite and injure millions of people, causing serious injuries that can sometimes lead to permanent scarring.
A California woman may soon be facing multiple criminal charges in connection with a dog bite inflicted by her animal during a charity event earlier this summer. The charges reportedly stem from her attempts to evade identification and to interfere with animal control's investigation into the alleged attack.
As San Diego well know, it is nearly impossible to protect your child from every potential danger or harm during every minute of every day. As such, it is important to teach your children to protect themselves when they find themselves in harmful situations, or better yet, to remain out of those situations entirely.