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Pit bull variant bites, sends three California kids to hospital

Man's best friend.

Dogs are generally held in such high esteem by pet owners across California and the United States that the above maxim has been carved out for them.

And, of course, it is generally true. In most instances, dogs are eminently sociable creatures and wonderful companions.

Not always, though, and it is regrettable that sadly recurring stories arise featuring aggressive and uncontrolled dogs that bite and seriously injure -- sometimes fatally -- people without provocation.

One such story surfaced just last weekend in the Riverside County city of Temecula, where an American Staffordshire terrier summarily and unexpectedly attacked three children, sending all of them to hospitals for bite injuries. The full extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

The Staffordshire is a pit bull breed. The animal that bit the children was immediately quarantined.

As we have noted in prior select posts, many people have a legitimate need to file a damage claim in the wake of a dog bite, given the seriousness of their injuries. Dog-bite repercussions can be severe, indeed, necessitating reconstructive surgery, therapy and rehabilitation. It is also quite common for people to miss work following a dog-bite injury, as well as to deal with the psychological trauma and pain and suffering that often result from a vicious animal attack.

It is worth noting, as we informed readers in a prior post, that time limits attach to a legal filing addressing a dog-bite claim. In California, an injured person has two years from the date of an attack to file a claim (please see our May 12 entry).

As we further noted in that post, about 4.5 million people are reportedly bitten by dogs each year in the United States.

Source: The Press Enterprise, "TEMECULA: Dog attack sends 3 children to hospital (UPDATE), Alex Groves and Patrick O'Neill, July 12, 2015 (updated July 13, 2015)

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