Posted By The Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, P.C. Posted in: Personal Injury.
Dogs are special creatures due to their ability to love unconditionally and their ever happy demeanor in the presence of their owners. There are a countless amount of real stories and movies about dogs who traveled through the longest of distances through various terrains just to be with their parents again. This same kind of effort is usually reciprocated. Owners of their dogs have special connections to their furry creatures. Some see their dogs akin to children. In fact, dogs are seen as new children for younger couples who are testing out their abilities to take care of something. Older couples see dogs as their children because their real children have grown up and left to follow their own pursuits. So when something or someone hurt their dog it is like seeing someone hurt their child.
Because animals are considered property they have a different set of rights. Thankfully California has some of the best animal laws which protect our pets. Our state is ranked third in the nation for best animal laws. For example, our state has a “hot car” law that prohibits owners from keeping their pets in cars when it is excessively hot or cold outside. Police officers are allowed to break into cars in order to help the pet survive. California also believes that even though pets are seen as property, if your dog was bitten by another dog then you can seek compensation for the damaged property as well as medical bills associated with the injuries.
Sarge is a Maltipoo owned by the lovely couple Brad and Reyna. The couple does not have any children and therefore hold an extra special attachment to their animals. While in a park, two Akitas were also in the same area when Sarge ran up to them to sniff a hello. Before anyone could realize, one of the Akitas snatched Sarge into his jaws and began shaking him. Finally, they were able to release Sarge from the Akita’s jaws but not before significant damage was made. Sarge was rushed to an animal hospital and is being treated for severe injuries.
The owner of the Akitas was very sorry for the incident but claims that the dogs were only protecting themselves from a dog off lease. Unfortunately, these same two dogs have attacked four times before in the same park.
If your dog was bitten by another dog then the same strict liability rules apply: the dog owner is responsible for whatever the dog attacks. Yes, there are certain defenses the owner can take such as self-defense, but when you have a dangerous dog with multiple attacks the law may just be on your side.
If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog then you have the right to sue for compensation for the injuries suffered. Call 619-577-4077 or click here to start a conversation with our professional personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno in San Diego today.