If you’re walking down the street, you expect to be safe. Vicious or dangerous animals should be properly contained, but if they aren’t, you could be at risk of injury. Police in Jacksonville are investigating the injuries of a man who was critically wounded when four pitbulls attacked him in Florida. A Sept. 4 report discussed the attack and what it means for the man and his neighborhood.
People in the neighborhood saw the attack. The man, who is in his forties, was simply walking down his street when the dogs slipped out of their fenced yard and attacked him. The neighbors on the scene said there was nothing they could do and that it was a helpless situation; his injuries were so severe that the emergency team had to rush him to the hospital in critical condition.
Were these dogs a problem before? Neighbors said they were large and often escaped the yard they should have been contained inside. A woman who used to own the dogs but who had given them to her boyfriend claimed that they had never been an issue in the past. Neighbors have spoken up to say they don’t agree. Now those four dogs that attacked the man and three others have been taken by animal control.
Police are still investigating and have not said if the owner will be held responsible for the injuries the man suffered. In many situations, the law is that owners can be held liable for the activities of their pets, so if you’re in a situation like this one, your attorney may be able to help you get compensated.
Source: CBS, “Jacksonville man attacked by 4 pitbulls in critical condition,” Michael Yoshida, Sep. 04, 2015