Two pit bulls are currently being detained by the Los Angeles Animal Services Department after viciously attacking a 76-year old man and killing his Pomeranian during the afternoon of February 2nd, 2017. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the pit bulls also pushed 76-year old Valentin Herrera to the ground. Herrera’s grandson has said that his grandfather is currently in the hospital with minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
Herrera’s grandson, Christian Flores, told local news that his grandfather has dementia and is diabetic. The dogs allegedly bolted through Herrera’s front door after gaining access through an open gate before attacking Herrera and his small dog.
Animal control officials investigated the issue and questioned the dog’s’ owner before taking the two pit bulls away. It is customary in situations like this that animals be placed in a shelter and quarantined for 10 days until their fate is determined in a hearing. Animal control officials have also questioned neighbors to see if any previous complaints have been registered regarding the two pit bulls.
Dog Bite Strict Liability Statute
Based on this news report it appears that the pit bulls wandered into Herrera’s yard, attacked his small dog and then turned around and mauled him. Under California law, dog owners can be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages their pets cause. According to California Civil Code Section 3342 (a): “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
What Should You Do?
If you are the victim of a dog bite, there are several things you can do to protect your rights. Just like you would do if involved in a car accident, you want to be sure to gather as much information as possible from the dog’s owner. After your safety is ensured, you probably want to start looking into hiring a personal injury attorney. Contact us 24/7; we’re here to help at (323) REAR END.