According to a report by the Lakeland Sheriff’s Office, a pit bull that jumped a fence, pulled a yard worker off his lawnmower, and viciously mauled him, has been euthanized.
A co-worker told the Sheriff’s Department that he and the victim were mowing the lawn at a Lakeland residence when the pit bull jumped the fence from behind their client’s home and attacked. A 54-year-old Lakeland man suffered multiple injuries and bites to his arms, legs, and hands and was rushed to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery. At last report, he was in the hospital in stable condition.
The owner of the dog voluntarily surrendered the animal. Once it was determined that the dog did not have rabies, authorities euthanized the dog. So far, no citations or charges have been filed in the case, but a Sheriff’s spokesman told the Lakeland Ledger that the case is still under investigation
Each day, about 1,000 Americans require emergency care treatment for a dog bite injury. By far, pit bulls lead the charge of dog breeds that cause bodily harm, maimings, and deaths in the U.S. The average cost for a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200 in 2008 – nearly double the cost of the average injury-related hospital stay.
Have you or a loved one suffered an injury from a dog bite? Along with permanent scarring and physical damage, a dog attack can lead to psychological injuries that can last a lifetime. If you have questions concerning your legal options after a dog bite attack, call Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation case review.