A 4 year old boy who sustained severe dog bites has a lot to be thankful for, after a bystander's heroic act of bravery fended off the dog thereby preventing further injury to the boy. The remarkable part of the story is the brave bystander being a tabby cat. The cat, named Tara, was captured on security camera on May 13 when she pounced on a dog that attacked her 4-year-old owner Jeremy Triantafilo. The video, which has garnered 21 million views on YouTube, shows the dog biting and attempting to drag the boy. Within seconds, Tara leapt onto the dog, and in a flurry of hair and nails chased the canine away.
A debate among state lawmakers highlighted some of the key issues in determining who is the responsible party when a dog bites a human. State laws on dog bite liability vary widely across the country, reflecting different viewpoints on the duties of a dog owner. On one side are those who support what is essentially strict liability for dog owners - they must be held responsible no matter the circumstances when their dog bites another person. Strict liability means there is only one question - did the dog bite the human? If the answer is yes the owner is held responsible.
The threat of dog bites is a reality for San Diegans. We are blessed with great weather. A natural accompaniment to the warmer climate is many opportunities for outdoor activity. For dog owners this means taking the dog for a walk. According to San Diego County Animal Control, San Diego's 3.2 million residents share our County with more than 1 million pets and sheltered animals. Given the facts, it's worthwhile to take a moment to reflect on how dog bites occur, how to prevent them, and what to do if a dog does indeed bite.
After his large Akita dog viciously attacked a child in a local Murrieta Lowes earlier this year, Robert Kahn was arrested this month on charges of felony negligence. The young victim-who approached the dog to pet him after being invited by the dog's owner-needed an astonishing 50 stitches to close the gaping facial injury and wounds resulting from the dog bites. The story doesn't stop there; the Murrieta Lowes was well-known for allowing dog owners to let their dogs roam freely around the store, leash or no leash, and had no rules or regulations regarding dogs posted whatsoever.
A 3-Year old Murrieta boy sustained severe dog bites by a large Japanese Akita dog at a local Lowe's Home Improvement on the 28th of January. After the dog's owner invited the child to pet his dog, the dog responded with bites to the boy's jaw, neck and forehead. The boy was rushed to Inland Valley Regional Medical Center, where his injuries required an astonishing 50 stitches to close the facial injuries with likely permanent disfigurement.
A Northern California man has filed a federal lawsuit against Contra Costa County, the cities of Oakley and Pittsburg, California, and an individual Oakley officer he claims sicced a police dog on him in the course of an armed robbery investigation in which the man was just a bystander. The man was simply walking home from work when he was taken as a suspect and then deliberately attacked and repeatedly bitten by a police dog.
A child sustained facial wounds when she was the victim of a dog attack in Oceanside, California. A pit bull bit a 3-year-old girl in the face when she wandered into the dog's yard in Oceanside, police said. The girl was taken by ambulance to Rady Children's Hospital.
Dog bites and dog attacks in San Diego County frequently occur and result in severe personal injury and sometimes death. Each year many adults and children are the victims of dog bites and attacks. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Humane Society maintain statistics gleaned from reporting agencies and hospitals. The United States Postal Service reports that San Diego is the second most dangerous city in America for dog bites to letter carriers.
In Escondido, California a drunk driver lost control of his pickup truck and ran over and injured a man standing on his patio. The pickup then crashed through the family's patio doors and wall injuring the man's teenage daughter.