There have been two vicious pit bull attacks in the last two weeks here in Orange County and other similar attacks throughout California this past summer. Is it the heat, the breed or have these dog owners been fooled in thinking these dogs are really good pets?
In the most recent case a three year old was mauled by her family’s pit bull in her own backyard. She is still in the hospital recovering from puncture wounds to her face and neck and several other lacerations. This young girl from the Orange County community of Fullerton was left to play alone in the backyard with the dog. In most cases, the owners always emphatically state, “this dog has never shown aggression before”. We have heard such statements in our cases before as a dog bite specialist.
In another vicious attack, in Dana Point Harbor, two dog owners were walking their dogs when the pit bull attacked and killed a terrier. Animal control declared the pit bull a “vicious animal” according to statute and the owner ultimately surrendered the dog to be euthanized.
California state law is clear that if you own a dog, you are responsible for its behavior. If you have been the victim of a dog attack, don’t hesitate to call a California dog bit attorney.