Yesterday, the owners of two pit bulls that attacked and inflicted serious injuries to their neighbor were each charged with two felonies for owning dogs that caused serious bodily injury, three misdemeanor counts of failing to protect the public from a dangerous dog, and violating leash laws. On June 18th, the dogs entered the neighbor’s yard through a sagging area of the chain-link fence that divided the two yards and viciously attacked 75-year-old Emako Mendoza, biting her several times on the legs and arms. Mendoza underwent surgery to amputate her left leg and arm and may also lose her right leg. Last December, the pit bulls attacked another neighbor while he walked his dog; however, the owners were not charged in the incident, explains a California dog bite specialist.
Every year in the United States, dogs bite more than 4.7 million people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Such attacks send 800,000 people to seek medical attention, 386,000 of them in emergency rooms. Annually, an estimated 16 victims die from their injures. A CDC study of attacks that occurred between 1979 and 1998 found that pit bulls and Rottweilers were involved in more than half of recorded incidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish Emako Mendoza the best recovery possible.
The San Diego Union-Tribune originally reported that the pit bulls’ owners had been charged for this attack.
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