On the morning of Thursday, June 14th, a pit bull bit an elderly man multiple times in Hemet. The man, who is reportedly in his 70s, was on his way to Hemet Valley Mall when a group of pit bulls left their yard and surrounded him. One of the dogs attacked him when he fell to the ground. Fortunately, a good Samaritan stopped the attack and transported the man to a local hospital. Officers with the Ramona Humane Society responding to the scene discovered seven pit bulls at the home of the dog owners; no more than three dogs are permitted per residence in the city. They impounded the pit bull that attacked the elderly man and have yet to determine its fate or cite the owners.
“When dogs attack and cause harm to others in California, the owner may be held liable for expenses associated with the victim’s injuries,” explained a personal injury lawyer in the state.
Under California Civil Code Section 3342, the owner of a dog is liable for any damages resulting from an attack that occurred in a public place or while the victim was lawfully in a private place, including the property of the dog owner. Such liability may be imposed regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the elderly man the pit bull bit yesterday.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Hemet dog attack.
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