As attorneys who deal with dog bite cases, we wanted to bring to your attention something that recently happened in Ohio. A very dangerous situation could have escalated to much more recently in Ohio. WHIO TV reported that two dogs were loose in a park when they bit three people. The owner was retrieving the dogs when an argument and fight ensued with three park-goers, which lead the dogs to the attack. Police suspect the dogs were protecting their owner but they sent three people to the hospital, and the owner had even shot a gun into the air (WHIOTV.com 9/6/10).
There are designated areas where dogs may be off their leashes with their owners’ close supervision, but outside of these areas, dogs must remain tethered. Loose dogs present a danger to other park-goers, as seen in this Ohio story.
Unless an owner grants permission and remains nearby to moderate, it is not safe to approach a loose dog. Their behavior may be unpredictable at times and especially around children, who may also be unpredictable, could attack. Even playful bites can be harmful to small children, and painful for those who may be allergic.
Under Arizona law, there is no “free pass” for a dog that has no history of biting. Typically during the first year after an incident, dog owners are held responsible and it is possible for the victims to seek compensation based on the severity of their injuries. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog it is important to act as quickly as possible. Call us at Breyer Law for a free and informative evaluation at (602) 267-1280. We may be able to help you seek damages for your medical and emotional injuries.