On Saturday, December 29, an Akita bit and seriously injured a boy in a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Murrieta, reported The Press-Enterprise. The 3-year-old purebred dog named Chester bit the 3-year-old boy in the head area, causing trauma to his jaw, neck, forehead, and right eye. Emergency responders transported the boy to an area hospital, where he received about 50 stitches; he was later taken to a hospital in San Diego. The 62-year-old dog owner left the store after briefly speaking to the boy and one of his parents. Authorities later located him but have not yet released his identity. If the owner opts to waive his rights to a vicious dog hearing, Chester could be immediately euthanized.
A number of dog attacks have occurred in Riverside County in recent years; however, many of them involved pit bulls. Last February, two pit bulls killed 91-year-old artist Elsie Grace. In response to the attacks—as well as the large number of the dogs being euthanized in county shelters—supervisors in Riverside voted in favor of an ordinance last October that requires pit bulls in unincorporated areas to be spayed or neutered, reported the Los Angeles Times.
The victims of dog bites in California have rights and recourse through the civil justice system; in many cases, they may seek compensation from the dog owner for expenses associated with their recoveries, such as for medical bills and pain and suffering. For more information on the civil claims process after a dog attack, please call 866-981-5596 or contact our office through our website.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the boy who the Akita bit and seriously injured.
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