Five dogs were taken into custody and euthanized after they viciously attacked a 7-year-old girl at a home in the Taft area of Orange County
A News 13 in Orlando reporter spoke to a neighbor who said that a 4-year-old lives at the house and that she had invited the 7-year-old girl in to play. The owner of the house, reportedly the 4-year-old girl’s grandmother, told reporters that she had told her granddaughter that she shouldn’t let anybody into the bedroom where the dogs were. She claims the dogs belong to her daughter.
The dogs reportedly were all black Labrador-husky mixes and all weighed at least 85 pounds. Four of the five dogs were only 10 months old. It took three men to pull the dogs off of the little girl. One of the men also received a bite on his leg.
One eyewitness reported that the child had a laceration under her arm, one or two serious bites on her back and some smaller bites on her face and shoulder. The witness also reported seeing blood coming from the little girl’s leg, but could not confirm if she had been bitten there.
The girl was rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, but there is no word as to her current condition.
Orange County Animal Control reported that the dogs were known to be aggressive; something the dog owner denied, despite a handwritten beware of dogs sign posted on the backyard fence of the residence.
The law in Florida regarding dog bites is clear: the owner of a dog is liable for damages if that dog attacks a person in a public area or if a dog attacks a person who is lawfully on or in a private place, which includes the property of the owner of the dog.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, you need to know your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, hospital costs, pain and suffering and other damages. Contact the dog bite attorneys at Farah & Farah in Lakeland and we will discuss your legal options. Your consultation is always free.