On the afternoon of Monday, July 16th, two dogs attacked and injured three people in Whittier. The pit bull and pitbull-husky mix escaped from their yard in the 7600 block of Greenleaf Avenue, biting an 11-year-old boy, a 62-year-old woman, and a 22-year-old man. Authorities impounded the dogs and cited their owners for several violations. The fate of the animals has not yet been determined.
“California law protects the rights of residents who are attacked by dogs,” explained personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “providing them with legal recourse to seek compensation from the owner of the animal for injury-related expenses.”
Every year, dogs bite more than 4.7 million people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Such attacks result in 386,000 emergency room visits and about 16 fatalities, with children accounting for the age group with the highest incidence of dog bite-related trauma.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the three people who the dogs attacked and injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Whittier incident.
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