FindLaw KnowledgeBasePublished: 2012-04-18
On April 7, a Saturday afternoon walk turned into a frightening ordeal for one California man. Strolling in south Davis, the man suffered a bite on his wrist from a German shepherd being walked by an unidentified individual in his late 30s or 40s.
Yolo County Animal Services was notified, and the authorities are still seeking more information about the owner of the offending canine. Although the victim may have a claim for monetary damages, he has yet to contact a California dog bite lawyer.
Details of the Incident
The victim was reportedly walking his own dog on the greenbelt area in Davis when he noticed a man whose leashed German shepherd appeared to be pulling him. The German shepherd apparently made a beeline for the victim’s dog and started savagely biting the animal.
When the victim tried to separate the dogs, the German shepherd turned on him, latching onto his wrist. The German shepherd and his handler then promptly disappeared from the scene.
The Animal Services Section of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information from the public. According to officials, reporting and responding to dog bites is important so that offending animals can be quarantined and tested for rabies.
Dog Owner Liability for Bites
In every state, a dog owner can be held liable for damages arising out of a bite when they had reason to know their animal had dangerous tendencies. However, California is also among the states with specific dog bite legislation.
Under California’s dog bite statute, owners can be held liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by their dog, regardless of the owner’s knowledge or lack of knowledge about the dog’s viciousness. As long as the victim was in a public place or lawfully in a private place when the bite occurred, he or she should be entitled to full monetary compensation.
Contact an Attorney If You’ve Been Bitten
Dogs can be great pets — but if a dog strikes out even once, there is no telling where or when it may bite again. You have a right to protect yourself from future harm, you have a moral obligation to address potential dangers in your community and you deserve compensation for dog bite injuries that came about through no fault of your own. Contact a California dog bite lawyer today if you or a loved one has suffered in a canine attack.