Shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday, May 26, 2014, two pit bulls attacked and seriously injured a man in the Valle Vista area of unincorporated Hemet, reported The Press-Enterprise. The dogs had escaped through an open window in their owner’s home before the man found them barking at his front gate in the 2700 block of Meridian Street. The man thought he had scared the pit bulls away and went to search for their owner, which is when they returned and charged at him. He was bitten on his face, on his sides, and on his ankle. Emergency responders transported him to a hospital. Another man had been attacked earlier in the day but did not require emergency medical treatment. Authorities impounded the dogs. They are being quarantined because they lack current rabies certificates.
Nationwide, an estimated 70 million dogs are living in households, and millions of people are bitten every year, especially children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that dog bites were the 11th leading cause of nonfatal trauma to children between the ages of 1 and 4; 9th for those aged 5 to 9; and 10th for those aged 10 to 14 from 2003 to 2012. Across the country, insurers paid over $483 million in dog bite claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Under California Civil Code section 3342, when a person is bitten by a dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, the person may hold the owner of the dog liable for any damages he or she suffers, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. For more information on the laws concerning dog bites, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two men who were injured by these pit bulls.
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