Cypress Police Department in Orange County are calling the dog bites from its own police dog an accident, but the 22 year old woman that was bitten has filed suit through her attorney.
The dog bite happened in the early morning hours of August 16th, 2008. Police officers were searching a neighborhood for an armed robbery suspect. The police asked the homeowner if they could search the surrounding property and garage. The homeowner agreed, but had f a guest sleeping in the garage. When the officers and dog entered the garage, they found Alicia Quinonez, 22 sleeping. Quinonez was startled awake and may have kicked or swiped at the dog, that fact is disputed at this point. She was taken to a nearby hospital with severe bites to her right leg.
Her attorney claims that a police dog should be have been better trained. The city is now conducting a full investigation. Whether a governmental official or private citizen, a dog owner is responsible for the behavior of his/her dog. When ever someone ifs bitten wrongly, a California personal injury attorney specializing in dog bite cases can provide a meaningful evaluation of your right to bring a claim.
James Ballidis is an attorney practicing in Orange County California and specializes in Dog bite and personal injury claims.