California woman dies in tragic dog mauling incident

Posted on November 30, 2012 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Premises Liability on Friday, November 30, 2012.

An animal attack can cause severe injury to the victim, or even death. Sadly, serious dog bites can occur when dogs are unleashed or left to roam on their owner’s property.

Recently, a California woman was tragically killed when she was mauled to death by up to eight dogs. The woman was on the property where the dogs resided in order to clean the property owner’s home, when she was attacked by the dogs that were loose in the backyard. The homeowners were not at home at the time of the incident. Although the woman had entered the property in the past to spend the night, the dogs were not very familiar with her. The dogs were Olde English Bulldogges, and may weigh up to 105 pounds. The dogs have been taken into custody by the San Diego County Department of Animal Services.

When someone enters another person’s property to perform cleaning or other service work, the property owner may be legally responsible for keeping the premises safe. This means the homeowners should attempt to keep the animals away from the person entering the property, or at the very least post a warning such as a “beware of dog” sign on their property.

In addition, some states will find a pet owner liable for their animal’s actions under a theory of strict liability. Through strict liability, even if the pet owner did not know their animal would be a danger to others, the owner remains liable if their pet bites another person. In other states, a pet owner may only be liable if their pet attacks another if the owner knew or had reason to know that their pet had dangerous propensities. People who are bitten by a pet may receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.

While this devastating incident is still under investigation, it serves as grim a reminder to properly restrain animals to avoid dog bites and other accidents. Doing so could save people from being injured or killed by another person’s pet.

Source: 4 NBC Southern California, “Coroner Confirms Woman Mauled to Death by 8 Dogs,” Lauren Steussy, Steven Luke and Danya Bacchus, Nov. 14, 2012

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