Animal attacks are dangerous to humans, because dogs and cats can injure you badly, puncturing tendons, organs and muscles as well as breaking bones. Infections are possible, and they can be life threatening, too. When you’re attacked by a dog or other kind of animal, you’re able to make a claim against the owner for his or her dangerous animal in most cases.
When you think about dog attacks, you probably consider the fact that the victim could only be a person, even in your case. That’s not really true, though, and a news report about a service animal that had serious injuries after an attack has made headlines. In Tampa Bay, a man’s dog was attacked by a group of dogs early in the month of January 2016, leaving the man, who is legally blind, without his companion while he recovered from his injuries.
According to witnesses, the dog was walking with its owner when three pit bulls suddenly appeared and attacked the yellow Labrador. There doesn’t seem to be a reason for the animals attacking, and without sight, the man faced difficulties getting his guide dog to safety. A neighbor that was on the scene attempted to help the pair and to get the dog to safety, eventually helping reach out to animal control officers.
The officers who reported to the scene did cite the owner of the dogs with “dog at large causing injury,” which is normally cited when animals are loose and cause an attack. The Labrador in this case suffered puncture wounds in the attack, but she’s now back to work following treatment.
Source: Palm Beach Post, “Guide dog returns to work after attack by 3 other dogs,” Jan. 21, 2016