Monday, 20 September 2010

Fresno Girl Mauled by Stolen Dog

A five-year-old girl in Fresno, who was bitten by a pit bull while she was playing with the animal in the yard, is now recovering. There's plenty of mystery about the owner of the dog. According to the girl's mother, her son was dog sitting for the animal, and the little girl was playing with the animal when she was bitten. However, since the local TV stations carried news of the attack, a local family has come forward to claim that the dog is theirs. They claim the pit bull was stolen from their yard last month. They have since been looking for him, and had even offered a reward for his return.

The family is coming apparently forward to prevent the dog from being euthanized, not to take responsibility for the attack on the little girl. They claim the attack would never have happened if the dog had not been stolen. However, as Los Angeles dog bite lawyers often explain, under California’s strict dog bite liability statute, a dog owner is liable for dog bites even if the dog has never bitten anyone or even shown a tendency to bite.

This should be a warning to all owners of dog breeds that are more frequently involved in dog attacks like this, to make certain that their dogs are secured properly. Parents must also make sure that their children are not playing alone with dogs at any point in time. Children below the age of five tend to be the most frequent victims of dog bites, and you can help prevent these by making sure that your child knows how to behave around dogs. That means no pulling ears or tails, and no smacking on heads. Children of this age must be supervised when they are around dogs of any breed.

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