A dog that attacked a college student in Riverside on January 4 and threatened a woman last month will be put down, animal services officials said. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the student was walking near La Sierra University when a pit bull bit her legs. Her injuries were not considered life threatening. Riverside resident Barbara Hansen said the same pit bull charged her as she was walking home from church in December. She said she fell down and broke her arm as she tried to run away from the snarling dog.
Animal control officials tracked down the owner of the pit bull who agreed to give up the dog and have it euthanized. Officials said the problem was not the dog, but the owner who did not get it neutered. This causes dogs to get out and roam, they said. Hansen said she still feels fear as she is out in the neighborhood that other roaming dogs will attack her.
It is indeed fortunate that no one was seriously injured in this dog attack. We wish the injured student the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Dog Bite Statistics
Dog bites are an extremely common occurrence in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 4.5 million dog attacks that cause injuries in the U.S. each year. One out of five dog bites tends to get infected, the agency states. Each year 350, 000 dog bite victims are sent to emergency rooms and about 850,000 victims get medical attention. Many of the most seriously injured victims tend to be young children.
Being a Responsible Dog Owner
Dog owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their pet doesn’t injure or harm anyone. Under California’s strict liability statute, dog owners can be held financially responsible for injuries and damages their pets cause. Here are some of the steps all of us can take to ensure that we are responsible dog owners:
- Spay or neuter your dog. It is proven that neutered dogs are calmer, healthier and less likely to attack.
- Condition your dog for the world. Give your dog plenty of new positive experiences. Train your dog by gradually exposing it to social situations.
- Never let your dog roam around. Keep your dog on leash during walks in the park or just out in the neighborhood.
- Supervise your dog at all times around children.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, contact an experienced dog bite lawyer who will ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your losses including medical bills, lost wages, cost of surgery, rehabilitation and pain and suffering.