The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that every year, about 4.5 million people in the United States suffer dog bites. About half of the hound bite victims who require medical attention are children. If you or someone you love has been injured because of a hound bite in southern California, speak about the injury promptly with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney. One southern California community is getting tough about protecting its residents from dogs that bite. The La Quinta City Council will consider an ordinance requiring that any dog that bites a human be euthanized, regardless of its size or whether it’s the first attack. Exceptions would be allowed only if the dog was provoked or was attacking an intruder.
La Quinta City Council members are considering a number of other updates to the city’s animal ordinances, most of which haven’t been changed La Quinta was incorporated in 1982. The council may also forbid dogs labeled “vicious and dangerous” in other jurisdictions from being brought into La Quinta. In the last fiscal year, dogs reportedly bit 23 people in La Quinta, and about half of those hound bites were deemed “vicious.”
If you are a hound owner in California, you may have to sign a liability waiver for hound bites in order to obtain homeowner’s insurance, or you may have to enroll your hound in obedience training classes. Dog bites can result in amputations, disfigurement, and serious, long-term psychological damage. If you or someone you love is a dog bite victim, now or in the future, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and receive compensation for your medical treatment, lost income, and any other expenses related to the dog bite injury. If you become a dog bite victim in Los Angeles County or anywhere in southern California, arrange immediately to speak with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney.