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California man charged with murder after fatal dog attack

You may remember the story from last month in which eight dogs were under investigation for an attack on a California woman. The woman died after being attacked by several dogs on her morning walk. She was taken to the hospital in an ambulance but her injuries proved fatal. There are new updates in the investigation.

After the fatal dog attack, DNA tests confirmed that four pit bulls mauled the 63-year-old woman. She was bitten between 150 and 200 times. The owner of these pit bulls is a 29-year-old man. According to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, there have been at least three reports of this man’s dogs attacking other people this year.  The woman’s husband says he does not blame the pit bulls; he blames their owner for his wife’s death. 

A spokesman for the National Canine Research Council stated that pet owners should be held responsible if their animal seriously injures or kills someone. It seems that local authorities agree; the owner of the pit bulls has been charged with murder and owner negligence of an animal causing death. There are between 30 and 35 dog bite fatalities every year but it is extremely rare for felony murder charges to be filed against the animal owner.

Animal attacks can result in painful physical and emotional injuries, scarring, and medical expenses. If you or a loved one has been attacked by an animal, it is important to know your rights. An attorney may be of assistance in this area.

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press, “Murder charged in Calif. dog pack mauling death,” Christopher Weber, May 30, 2013

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