A three-year-old girl was mauled to death by a Pit Bull tied to a tree. It happened Saturday, February 20, 2010 in Ocala at the home of the girl’s family who owned the dog. The mother was not supervising when the dog attacked the little girl and when the mother came outside and found her, the girl was already dead. The family breeds pit bulls for a living and Marion County Animal Control removed four dogs in all from the home. The three other children who live there and the father were not home at the time of the attack.
Our condolences go out to the family for the death of this little girl. No matter what the circumstance, losing a child is a tragedy that will never be forgotten.
Florida Dog Bite Statistics
Every year it’s estimated there are about 4.7 million dog bites in this country that result in 30 deaths. And the number of canine homicides, as they’re called, seems to be growing from the 80s and 90s. About 800,000 dog bite injuries end up seeking medical treatment. Men are twice as likely to be injured as woman, but often children are the victims of vicious dogs who perceive them as easy prey. Often it is more than one dog, or a pack, that will attack. About two dozen breeds have been linked to fatal dog bites, with Pit Bulls and Rottweilers at the head of the list.
Many people believe it is not dangerous dogs, but people who are not responsible for their animals and encourage them to be vicious – that is the real problem. This is certainly true of the Pit Bull, which has gone from historically a loyal domestic protector to, in some cases, a vicious breed that aggressively attacks. Can the dog be blamed? Is a dog restrained? And a chained dog is about three times more likely to bite than an unchained dog according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With dogs running lose, clearly there is a liability to the owner, no matter where the attack occurs. About twenty percent of the time the fatal injury will occur on the dog owner’s own properly. Is the dog neutered? A neutered dog is less likely to bite than one not spayed or neutered. If you have been bitten by a dog, a Florida personal injury attorney can seek the compensation you need for emergency medical care and lost wages. A dog bite victim may be able to file a claim against the dog’s owner for negligence and against their home owners insurance. This is one time you do not want to go it alone and a consultation with an experienced attorney will cost you nothing.
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