Who Is At Fault When Family Dog Attacks?
There is no guarantee of what a dog can do. Even if you raised it since it was a puppy. Even if you are the best dog trainer in the world. Even if you swear on someone’s grave. Dogs are creatures of habit, but they are still wild creatures. Our Phoenix dog attack lawyer at Lorona Mead know it best because we represent victims who were attacked. We have heard the stories of the dog owners who were completely baffled by their dog’s behavior. We have seen dog owners attempt to blame the victim for leading the dog to act so aggressively. At the end of the day, the dog owner is responsible for his or her dog’s actions. This includes dog owners who are strangers or family members.
MJ Raya’s Story
Everyone thinks that it will never happen to them until it happens to them. When the unthinkable happens it can cause severe trauma. In the case of MJ Raya, the unthinkable lead to his death. MJ Raya barely lived on this Earth. At one and a half years old, MJ was beloved by family and friends. So much so that he had lots of family visitors. On one visit, a family member bought his or her dog along with them. The dog was said to be well behaved, but all that changed when the dog attacked baby MJ for no reason.
The dog was situated outside the house, yet it still got in the house. The grandmother set MJ down on the floor while she did the laundry. The dog broke into the house and began attacking baby MJ immediately. The incident was quick and fierce. No one could pull the dog away until the police shot at the dog. At that point, the baby was rushed to the hospital where he later died. One simple act of placing the child on the floor was enough for the dog to persistently and successfully get into the house.
Strict Liability Dog Laws
Arizona’s dog laws may seem strict but it is only because the state believes in protecting its people. Legislation believes that dog owners are strictly liable for their animal. In MJ’s case, the dog belonged to a family member. It does not matter. Family or not, the dog owner is still responsible for medical bills and other finances associated with the attack. Arizona legislation also believes that even if this was the dog’s first bite, the owner is still liable. If a dog bites someone then you must notify the county and quarantine the dog. The only defense a dog owner may have is to prove provocation. In cases like MJ, the scene is very clear: the dog is at fault.
What To Do
If you or someone you love is suffering from a dog attack, seek legal assistance immediately. You should not have to suffer while the dog owner takes no accountability. Call 602-554-0006 or click here to start your journey to success with our professional attorneys at Lorona Mead in Phoenix today.