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Riverside: Escaped Pit Bulls Attacked, Seriously Injured Woman

Posted on Aug 12, 2013

Shortly before 11 a.m. on Monday, August 12, two pit bills escaped from their yard and attacked a woman near downtown Riverside, seriously injuring her. The woman, aged 45-50 years old, was walking in the 6600 block of 6th Street when the pit bulls went after her small dog; when she picked up the dog, the pit bulls attacked her. A neighbor kicked one of the dogs off of her, and a relative of the dogs’ owner pried the other off of her face. She suffered trauma to her face and right arm. One of the pit bulls lacked a license and rabies vaccination. The owner released both pit bulls to authorities to be euthanized. 


“Dog owners are responsible for securing their pets so that they do not place the public at risk of harm,” explained California dog bite lawyer James Ballidis. “If a dog escapes its enclosure and attacks a person, the victim may hold the owner liable for recovery-related expenses.”


Each year, an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States, 800,000 of which require medical care. At least 25 different breeds of dogs have been involved in 238 dog-bite-related fatalities. Approximately 24 percent of fatal attacks involving unrestrained dogs occurred off of the dog owners’ property, while 58 percent occurred on the owners’ property, according to the American Humane Association


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the woman whom the escaped pit bulls attacked and seriously injured. 


The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Riverside pit bull attack.


Additional information on the civil claims process after a dog attack is available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California dog bite lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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