Large Dog Attacks Smaller Dog In Jacksonville
When you think of dog bites, you may think of dogs attacking humans. While this is often the case, dog attacks can also involve other dogs. This was recently the case in Florida.
The incident happened in Jacksonville near Wren Road and Leafy Lane. An 18-year-old man was walking his dog when it was attacked by a larger dog. Witnesses screamed as they saw the larger dog attacking Chewie, who is 7 years old. Luckily, the man was able to get the dog off Chewie.
While the man was not attacked by the dog, he was dragged across the ground. He suffered road rash to his arms and legs. Chewie, on the other hand, was seriously injured and required emergency care.
Police were called to the home of the dog owner, but nobody answered the door. This was not the first time this had happened. Chewie was bitten by the same dog earlier this year. The man’s mother was walking the dog at that time.
Dog Attacks Involving Other Dogs
Florida is a strict liability state when it comes to dog attacks, which means that the dog’s owner is liable for any damages, whether the dog attacks a human, dog, or other animal. If the victim was partially responsible, then the dog’s owner won’t be at fault for the victim’s portion of liability.
A dog can be declared a dangerous animal if it is found to have bitten, attacked, injured, or killed a human or animal. A hearing will be held usually within three weeks and it may be determined that the dog is returned to the owner or euthanized.
A dog will not be considered dangerous if it attacked due to being provoked by a person or another dog. A dog will also not be considered dangerous if it was protecting itself or a human or attacking a trespasser. In addition, a dog cannot be considered dangerous if it attacks wildlife. It must attack a human or domestic animal for it to be considered dangerous.
When Your Dog is Attacked
Here are the steps to take when your dog is attacked:
- Stay calm. Panicking makes things worse.
- Avoid breaking up the fight. If you step in, you could get bitten.
- Try to get your dog away from the other dog. Distractions, such as clapping or other loud noises, may help. However, avoid yelling, since this can make the other dog more threatened.
- Get to the vet. Your dog is likely injured. Transport them to the nearest emergency animal hospital as soon as possible.
Contact a Bradenton Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Dog attacks aren’t limited to human victims. Other dogs can be attacked. So can cats and other small animals.
If you or a pet was injured in a dog attack, seek legal help from the Bradenton dog bite lawyer at Cahall Law Firm. We can hold the owner liable for your injuries and help you obtain compensation. Come get justice. Schedule a free consultation by filling out the online form or calling (941) 281-2019.