Seattle Personal Injury Lawyers | Gang of Pit Bulls Attacks Federal Way Teen
In a scene right out of any parent's nightmare, a gang of pit bulls roamed free through a children's play area in Federal Way last night. A 13 year old boy was viciously attacked by the dogs and nearby residents yelled and used baseball bats to get the attacking dog off of the boy.
Police officers responded to the scene and attempted to retrieve all of the animals. When one officer became surrounded by the pack, he opened fire, killing one and injuring two of the dogs.
The 13 year old was rushed to the hospital with bite wounds to his arm and buttocks. Thankfully, he was released later that night.
Officers are now trying to determine the owner of the dogs and whether charges will be filed against that owner.
In a case like this, the teenager attacked by the dogs has a claim for the injuries he sustained against the owner of those dogs. Washington state law protects the rights of dog attack victims by providing that the owner of a dog is liable for the injuries that dog causes to another person:
"The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness."
RCW 16.08.040. In other words, dog owners must be responsible for their dogs and, if they fail in that responsibility and someone is injured, that owner will be liable.
Dogs are wonderful companions; they provide an unconditional love like no other. But they are also animals with basic instincts and drives we cannot always anticipate. Responsible dog owners need to guard against causing harm to others by maintaining control of their animals.
We at Dixon Law Firm have seen the injuries a dog bite can cause; not just the initial wound itself, but also the scarring, both physical and emotional, that a dog bite can cause. If you or a loved one have been hurt by a dog, please contact us and let's see if we can help.
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