San Jacinto: Pit Bull Attacked, Injured Bruna Secco
Posted on Mar 22, 2013
On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 5, a pit bull attacked and injured 76-year-old Bruna Secco in San Jacinto. The Press-Enterprise reported that it is suspected that the dog lifted a latch to unlock the gate to its owner’s fenced yard in the 200 block of Commonwealth Avenue. Secco, who was walking to the store at the time, was bitten on the arm and dragged up and down an embankment. Two Good Samaritans came to her aid, fending off the dog with an aluminum baseball bat and a golf club. Emergency responders transported Secco to an area hospital to receive treatment for severe puncture wounds to her side, arms, and legs. The dog was euthanized following the mauling.
“When a dog attacks and injures a pedestrian, the victim may file a personal injury claim against the animal’s owner in order to receive compensation for recovery-related expenses,” explained California dog bite lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Every year in the United States, dogs attack more than 4.7 million people, causing injuries that necessitate medical attention for 800,000 of the victims, 386,000 of whom require treatment in an emergency room. Approximately sixteen lives are lost every year to dog bites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Bruna Secco, the woman who the pit bull attacked and injured.
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