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Aggressive Pit Bull Incident

Pit Bull Has Multiple Bite Incidents

Two times in five months a mother has had to rush to save her child who had suffered an attack from a neighbor’s pit bull.

Mother, Llara Sutherland’s Statement About Her Son’s Dog Bite Incident:

It was a matter of five to ten seconds — Quick. The dog turned and just went.

According to the reports, Atreyu was simply in his yard and was watering the plants when he was suddenly blindsided by a medium sized dog. He said that he remembers hearing some barking but never thought anything of it. The next thing he knew the pit bull was running in his direction.

Ateryu had to wear bandages over his right bicep to cover the scratches and punctures that was left due to the dog’s bite.

According to the reports, the first attack happened around Halloween of the prior year. That was when Atreyu was helping his dad put up the yard decorations. That’s when he got bit and suffered multiple bite injuries to his leg.

Since this latest attack the dog is being kept at the City of El Cajon’s Shelter.

However, the city reportedly told the Sutherland family that there is a possibility that the pit bull could actually be returned to their neighbor’s home.

The thought of the dog returning is quite worrisome to the Sutherland family.

Llara’s Statement:

The first time it happened should have been enough. It was enough for me.

According to the mother, Llara, both her son and daughter have to take anxiety medicine after the attacks. The dog wasn’t removed from their neighbors home right away and the dog’s presence of course scared the kids.

Crystine’s (Ateryu’s Sister) Statement:

If the dog can get him it can get me, it can get anyone else in the neighborhood.

Llara said that if the dog remains on the property the whole family doesn’t feel safe. She has to stand on the porch and watch them pass the own house on their walk to school. A lot of the time she has to even drive the kids to school and pick them up due to passing that dog.

Llara has a pit bull and claims it isn’t the breeds fault. It’s about the responsibility of the owners and the city.

Llara’s Statement:

If my dogs attacked a person, a human being, then they wouldn’t be my dogs. It’s just as simple as that.

The city reportedly told Llara that the dog could actually return home to its owner’s property. Of course the dog would be on restrictions, like a possible muzzle order.

She’s of course been trying to contact the city attorney’s office and do whatever she can to fight this.

The dog is currently under a ten day quarantine so that Animal Services can investigate the situation.

Dog Bite Attorney Los Angeles

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog or animal bite and you would like to learn more about how to recover damages from your injuries, please contact the California personal injury attorneys at the DAG Law Firm for support in making informed decisions about your case.

Strict Liability and the One Bite Rule

Each year, millions of dog bite cases are reported across the United States with many that go unreported. Experiencing an attack by a dog can be terrifying and traumatic and can cause significant injury. In the state of California, a “Strict Liability” statute is enforced in situations where dogs attack and injure another person. The “One Bite Rule” does not apply and owners are 100% responsible and liable for compensation associated with any injuries suffered by their dog.

Understanding Your Case

Depending on the severity of an injury as well as case specifics, a dog owner may be held accountable at both a civil and criminal level. There are multiple varieties of dog bite lawsuits within the state of California and it is important to clearly understand the nature of your case to determine whether it was the result of Negligence, Scienter (knowledge of a dog’s prior history of aggression) or Intentional Tort (an owner’s intent for a dog to exhibit aggressive behavior).

Comparative Negligence and the “Bad Dog” Exception

The skilled attorneys at the DAG Law Firm will assist you in knowing clearly whether you are liable for Comparative Negligence (a victim’s level of responsibility in the provocation of the dog’s aggression) as well as the “Bad Dog” exception, in which signs are clearly displayed on the property, indicating “Beware of Dog.” In some cases, a property owner or landlord may be held liable for damages caused by a tenant’s dog if they had prior knowledge of aggressive. Other conditions, such as a landlord’s failure to enforce dog removal when a tenant breaches a “No Dog” policy in their rental agreement may result in property owner liability.

Common Dog Bite Injuries

Victims of dog bite accidents may suffer severe physical injuries as well as psychological and emotional traumas that may include:

  • Puncture Wounds
  • Broken Bones and Bone Dislocation
  • Lacerations, Contusions and Abrasions
  • Amputation
  • Cosmetic Disfigurement
  • Infection
  • Psychological and Emotional Trauma
  • Death

Compensation for your Dog Bite Injuries

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries as a result of a dog attack, you may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:

  • Payment for current and ongoing medical expenses
  • Payment for mental health treatment
  • Payment for emotional and psychological distress
  • Payment for loss of wages and income earning ability
  • Payment for pain and suffering

Speak to an Attorney – Dog Bite Attorney Los Angeles

An understanding of case specifics is crucial to the outcome of your lawsuit and it is important to clearly know your legal rights. At the California DAG Law Firm, our skilled attorneys have over 12 years of experience dealing with personal injury law and can assist you in recovering compensation for your dog bite injury. To speak with a personal injury attorney about your dog bite incident, please call us at (323) 947-2224 for a free consultation.

Daniel A. Gibalevich
Law Offices of Daniel A. Gibalevich


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