Two people suffered injuries in Elizabeth City after a pit bull escaped its home. Reports show that a pedestrian was walking his dog near Cedar Street and North Griffin Street when a loose pit bull began attacking. The man called animal control to report the incident, but when an officer arrived on the scene, the incident escalated.
Dog Bites and Gun Shots
Upon arriving in the neighborhood where the initial attack was reported, the animal control officer began securing a second loose dog with an apprehension stick. While doing so, the original loose pit bull began attacking the officer. A police officer fired at the pit bull and injured its leg, causing the two animals to flee. The dogs were later apprehended, but the damage had been done. The animal control officer suffered injuries and needed to be hospitalized.
Justice for Dog Bite Victims
Those familiar with the pit bull in question say it has never acted violently in the past. An investigation into the dog’s background will help police better understand what motivated this attack. Neighbors say the animal escaped its home. If true, the dog’s owner may be held liable for the damage done in the attacks.
Dog bite victims who suffered injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence may be entitled to compensation. We can only hope this investigation will bring some justice to the two victims in this case. Anyone who has been hurt in such an attack should consider speaking to an attorney.
Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer
The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has helped victims of personal injuries for over 30 years. If you were attacked by a dog because of someone else’s negligence, contact us for a free consultation.