Dog's Violent History at the Center of New Lawsuit

A California couple is seeking $21 million in damages following a brutal attack from a pit bull. The couple’s son recently adopted the pit bull known as O’Gee with no knowledge of the animal’s violent history. Shortly after adoption, the dog would turn on the senior citizens, leaving the woman with severe injuries that ultimately required amputation up to the shoulder.

A Violent History

The dog in question was brought into the city shelter back in May of 2020 for attacking a jogger and causing severe injuries. The dog was put into rabies quarantine and details of the attack were entered into the system. A month later, a supervisor approved O’Gee for adoption. The shelter publicized the dog with no mention of the attack or his violent history. The son of the plaintiffs took O’Gee home with no warnings or details about the attack. 99 days later, the dog attacked the plaintiff’s mother.

A Duty to Inform

California recently became one of two states that legally require shelters to disclose an animal’s bite history before adopting the dog out to a new owner. Failure to do so – as in this particular instance – may indeed constitute negligence. The plaintiffs are seeking $21 million in damages. The lawsuit will help recoup costs associated with the medical bills, ongoing therapies and the pain and suffering endured by the victim. We can only hope that this incident serves as a warning to other shelters considering withholding vital information from adopters.

Attorney Richard Serpe

Virginia dog bite lawyer Richard Serpe

As a Virginia personal injury attorney, Richard Serpe advocates for those who have been injured due to negligence. Mr. Serpe is a highly skilled attorney with a reputation for meticulous preparation and presentation. He has a track record of success in obtaining favorable jury verdicts and settlements for his clients.

Awards & Recognition: “Super Lawyer” – top 5% of lawyers in Virginia (2006 – Present); Best Lawyers in America (2005 – Present) and Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year for Plaintiffs (2020); AV rating (highest given) from the Martindale-Hubbell law directory; Rated 10/10 – “Superb” by attorney rating service