Two people were injured in Rockland County, New York last week after a loose pit bull attacked. Police say they are still on the hunt for the owner of the black and white pit bull that roamed freely before biting at least two people. They responded to a call January 7, 2020 after a one-year-old child was bitten by the dog. Several people attempted to intervene, including one 29-year-old man who was also bitten in the attack. Another Good Samaritan was eventually able to restrain the dog until police arrived.
Hospitalized Victims, Quarantined Dog
The two victims of the attack required hospitalization for their injuries. The dog, on the other hand, has been quarantined at a local animal shelter. Police say they believe they may have identified the owner of the dog, but are still looking for information about the animal. They’ve encouraged anyone who knows the dog to come forward with additional insight. No update about the baby or the Good Samaritan’s condition has been given.
Holding Negligent Dog Owners Responsible
The owner of the dog in question may be in for serious legal trouble in the coming days and weeks. Pet owners have a responsibility to their dog and the general public: to maintain safe boundaries between the animal and those living and working nearby. Generally, this is an easy problem to solve. Fences, leashes, and other restraints help keep dogs from lashing out violently. While we don’t know exactly how this particular dog got loose, the result was indeed traumatic.
Powerful Advocacy for Dog Bite Victims
Nothing can turn back the clock to undo the damage done in an attack. A dog bite lawyer can, however, help recover costs associated with the victim’s care. From initial emergency services to plastic surgery, no family should have to bear the financial impact of a violent attack. By holding irresponsible dog owners liable for their pets’ actions, we can bring some degree of justice to victims and their families.