On June 26, in Oceanside, California, a 6-year-old girl was brutally mauled in a pit bull attack.
According to UTSanDiego.com, the victim’s younger sister told police the girl “went to hug the dog, and it bit her.”
The children’s father had taken his daughters to a neighbor’s apartment, who owned the Pit Bull and a German Shepherd, but was not home at the time. The father went outside with friends to help unload groceries from at car.
At approximately 6:20 p.m. the father and his friends returned to find the pit bull attacking the little girl. They pulled the dog away from her, but the child had already suffered severe dog bite injuries.
Paramedics arrived and administered first aid, then the young dog bite victim was rushed to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego for treatment of extensive bite wounds to her face, head and the back of her neck.
The pit bull was a 1-1/2-year-old male and was impounded by the San Diego Humane Society’s North County Shelter.
Spokesperson Kelli Herwehe said there does not appear to be a record of previous attacks by this dog. However, it is expected that the dog will be euthanized because of the severity of the injuries to the girl.
The Oceanside Police Department’s Family Protection Unit is investigating to determine whether the father will face criminal charges for leaving the children alone in the apartment with the dogs, reports NBCSanDiego.com.
In California, the lawsays that the owner of a dog is responsible for the damages suffered by anyone who is bitten while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the dog owner’s property.
The fact that a dog does not have prior attacks, or that the owner is not aware of a dog’s viciousness does not matter. The dog owner is still responsible.
If you or someone you love has been bitten by someone else’s dog make sure to document the injuries you incurred and consult an experienced attorney to see if you have grounds for a claim. The time you have to file a lawsuit is limited so it’s important that you do this without delay following a dog bite injury.
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