Nadrich & Cohen Attorney Discusses Recent Charges Against Dog Owner

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The owner of a pit bull terrier who bit a little girl in the face as she was tobogganing has been charged with allowing a dog bite and having a dog in a restricted area. Jeff Nadrich of Nadrich & Cohen, dog bite lawyers in Los Angeles, discusses the legal implications for dog owners who take their animals into public places.

A recent dog bite accident in southwest Calgary occurred when a pit bull terrier, brought by its owner to pull a sled or toboggan in a crowded area, bit an eight-year-old girl in the face when she got close to the dog. The police were called to the scene near Bridleglen Road in Bridelwood, Calgary, where they assessed the child’s condition and transported her to an area hospital. She was reported to have a laceration close to her eye but was not facing life-threatening injuries. There is no word on whether she will face surgery or reconstructive measures to repair the damage or if there will be permanent facial scarring from the attack.

The three-year-old male pit bull terrier was taken into custody and assessed for diseases and behavior, but was ultimately returned to the owner. The city manager of animal services called the incident an “unfortunate accident.” He reminded dog owners and the public that large crowds in public can be stressful for dogs and lead to unpredictable consequences.

The owner is facing charges of dog bite with serious injury and having the dog in a prohibited area. The hill where the accident occurred is an area in which dogs are not usually allowed. Fines could be upward of $10,000 if the owner is found guilty. The animal and bylaw services stated that it will not hold a dangerous dog hearing.

While the owner may not face much in the way of consequences from the animal services and the criminal court system, there is no doubt that the parents of the little girl could file a lawsuit for damages including physical injury and emotional distress, argues Jeff Nadrich of Nadrich & Cohen LLP. And while the city of Calgary may believe the incident was an “unfortunate accident,” the law identifies this type of accident as negligence on the part of the dog’s owner. When a dog is taken into public, it is up to the owner to keep the animal under control at all times and to ensure the safety of those around the dog, especially children. By taking the dog into a prohibited area full of crowds, and by having the dog pull a sled or toboggan, bringing it into close contact with those crowds, the owner was clearly not attending to the best interests of the public. As a result, a young girl has been put through a horrific experience that could have serious repercussions for her for the rest of her life.

About Nadrich & Cohen

The California dog bite attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen LLP represent victims in all personal injury matters throughout California and nationwide. Because of their success they have 18 offices in California. Nadrich & Cohen represents victims of auto, truck, bus, bicycle, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, defective products, chemical exposure, defective medical devices, pharmaceutical side effect recalls, dangerous roadways, airplane, boat, train and all other types of serious personal injuries. Nadrich & Cohen is proud to be featured in and interviewed by the following media outlets: Oakland Tribune, Fox TV, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Sacramento Bee, European TV and many others. They are known throughout California as aggressive advocates for dog bite victims. They are the “David” law firm fighting the “Goliath” insurance companies. 

For over 30 years Nadrich & Cohen has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for its injury and mass tort victims.

For more information, victims are encouraged to call the injury hotline and media response team at 1-800-718-4658 or visit http://www.californiadogbites.com/ for a free, confidential consultation.”

Source: Calgary Herald, “Pit bull terrier owner charged after girl bitten,” Clara Ho, November 26, 2012.

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