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Cop Shoots K-9 Dog

According to the authorities, a California cop has “blasted” a police K-9 dog after it had bit him.

The Richmond officer wasn’t the K-9’s handler had fired in self defense.

The police say that the dog was a three year old Belgian Malinois. The dog had escaped from the caged police cruiser around seven o’clock in the morning on a Tuesday. The dog attacked the officer in the station’s parking lot.

Both the dog and the officer were injured during the struggle.

Girl Recovers After Dog Bite

Animal bites are quite common, whether it’s a family pet or a strange freak accident. Dog bites are probably the most common in most areas.

According to the news reports, an Inland Empire toddler had to have her face fixed and finally has her sweet smile back after a whole six months after she was attacked by a family dog. The attack had left her little face “severely disfigured”.

Back in August, the little girl, Mariah Salomon had to be airlifted to the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital after the dog had mauled her. She had pieces of her nose as well as her upper lip that was bagged in ice.

Mariah’s doctors had to perform “intense and delicate” surgery so that they could reattach her face. The procedure was described as unprecedented for the age of Mariah.

Dr. Nathaniel Petereson’s Statement About the Dog Bite Victim:

When we got the call it had already been three hours, and so we knew we were up against the clock," said Dr. Nathaniel Peterson.

Dr. Peterson had to work with Dr. Paul Walker so that they could successfully attach Mariah’s delicate facial arteries as well as try to restore the blood flow to her face.

The surgery was successful but it took a long five hours to finish. After the surgery, the nurses had to administer leeches so that it would help the blood flow. Mariah was kept in the pediatric intensive care unit.

By the eighth day after her surgery, the doctors were finally able to stop the leeches and was able to see that the tissue they were working on wasn’t turning purple which was a good sign. It meant that new veins were growing in the injured area.

Three weeks after that, Mariah was finally able to go home for her recovery.

Veronica Pena, who is Mariah’s mother says that Mariah is like any other two year old little girl. She likes to be happy, loving, and she loves to laugh and scream.

Pena’s Statement:

For these two wonderful doctors to say we’re going to do it – Mariah was blessed to have them by her side


Hopefully this little girl never has to suffer through anything like this again.

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

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