Many Florida residents are familiar with the popular saying, “A dog is man’s best friend.” This did not ring true for three people after a recent pit bull attack killed a woman. Two men who attempted to pull the dogs off the woman were injured in the process.
The animal attack happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 5 in Texas. Two men were on their way to a corner store at around 2 a.m., when they witnessed a woman who appeared to be in her 40s on the ground. Two female pitbulls had mauled her.
One man sought help by knocking on neighbors’ doors. The other man tried to pull the dogs off the woman. The dogs knocked him down and he suffered injuries to his arms, legs and hands.The other man suffered minor injuries.
The woman died from her injuries. She was a homeless woman who was seen in the neighborhood that evening. One of the pitbulls was caught after the attack. Animal Control is still looking for the other dog involved, as well as the owner. The dog, which has a history of biting, lives in a nearby complex. The dog that was caught is under quarantine. The court will decide its fate.
Once the owner is found, he or she could be held responsible for the victims’ injuries. If the homeless woman has any family members, they could possibly sue for wrongful death. In addition, the two men who came to the woman’s aid could have the legal right to sue for compensation for pain an suffering, medical expenses, emotional distress and other damages.
Source: Houston Chronicle, “Police: 1 dead, 2 injured from dog attack in southeast Houston” Yang Wang, Jan. 05, 2014