Delhi: Six Dogs Attacked, Seriously Injured Cyclist
Posted on Jul 06, 2012
On the morning of Wednesday, July 4th, a pack of six dogs attacked and seriously injured a cyclist in the Merced County town of Delhi. The Labrador and five Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes pulled the rider from his bicycle on Clausen Road near Griffith Avenue, biting him on his arms, legs, and torso. He was taken to a hospital in serious but stable condition. The dogs attacked another cyclist prior to this mauling. Authorities have captured and quarantined the dogs and located their owners, who may face criminal charges.
“In addition to criminal charges, the owners of dogs that cause harm to others may also face civil actions from the victims,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Annually, dogs bite more than 4.7 million people in the United States, 800,000 of whom seek medical attention for their injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California Civil Code section 3342 indicates that the owner of a dog may be held liable when an attack occurs regardless of the owner’s knowledge of the animal’s history of aggression.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the cyclist who was seriously injured when the six dogs attacked him last Wednesday.
The Sacramento Bee originally reported this Delhi mauling.
Additional information on state laws concerning dog attacks and owner liability is available to the public free of charge through our office.
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