Man charged with felony after dog bite injures boy

Florida dog owners must be responsible for their pets’ actions. Dangerous dogs should not be allowed in public, especially around children. One man — whose dog previously bit two young children — allowed a boy to pet his Akita while at a Lowe’s store. The dog attacked the boy, causing serious injuries.

The 62-year-old man is now facing felony charges for the dog bite incident, which occurred in December in Southern California. The man had his dog on a leash and allowed a 3-year-old boy to pet it. The dog attacked the boy, causing forehead, neck and jaw injuries that required numerous stitches.

The man left the store after the incident, but surveillance video from Lowe’s identified the man as the dog’s owner. Police found the man and arrested him after learning that this was not the dog’s first attack. It had previously bitten two other children, ages 3 and 5. Those incidents were minor and not reported to authorities.

The dog owner is currently free on $5,000 bail. On Feb. 27, he will face arraignment. The dog has been seized and is now with a rescue group.

Although dog bites are typically civil cases, the dog owner was extremely negligent in this case. He allowed not one or two, but three dog bite attacks to occur. He knew that his dog was aggressive toward young children but still allowed his dog to be around them. He even took the dog to public places, such as the store. He could be sued for the animal attack and may be forced to pay compensation for the boy’s medical expenses.

Source: The Press-Enterprise, “MURRIETA: Akita owner charged with felony in Lowe’s dog-bite case” Sarah Burge, Feb. 10, 2014