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Fatal dog attack results in murder trial

Everyone should have the right to walk down the street without fear of being attacked by anyone or anything. Unfortunately, however, the possibility of being involved in a dog attack is all too real and far too many incidents result in serious injuries and even death. That is why authorities and prosecutors make a point to distinguish whether or not an animal attack could have been prevented when determining who, if anyone is liable for an incident.

A woman was mauled to death by four pit bulls in Antelope Valley, in the spring of last year. She sadly succumbed to her injuries in an ambulance en route to an area hospital after she was found lying in the center of the road by a witness. The dog bite victim had reportedly been on a walk when she was attacked, and sustained up to 200 wounds. The dogs also apparently showed aggression toward the witness, who was in her vehicle at the time of finding the victim.

The owner of the pit bulls in question recently appeared in court on trial for several charges, including second-degree murder. According to the dog owner’s attorney, the defendant was not aware that the animals were a threat to people. The prosecution claimed, however, that the defendant ignored warnings that his dogs were dangerous. The Los Angeles County deputy district attorney also argued that several other incidents led up to the fatal attack.

Determining liability in an animal attack often depends on whether or not the pet owner was aware of potential safety risks associated with the animal/s in question. Victims and their families have the right to seek recognition and compensation for their injuries and hardships associated with such acts of violence.

Source: The Los Angeles Times, “Murder trial starts for owner of pit bulls that mauled woman to death,” Debbie Truong, Aug. 20, 2014

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