Many dogs are friendly animals. Indianans keeps them as pets and love them as their own. Some dogs, however, are vicious and have the propensity to attack others violently. Unfortunately for one family, they have lost their beloved son following an animal attack at the home of the dog owner.
The victim, a seven year old boy, was attacked by a pit bull in Corrina, Maine. The child was playing alone outside when the dog bit his throat. Tragically, the young boy died following the vicious dog attack. The animal, who had only lived with its current owner for a few months, had previously lived in Vermont with another owner, the daughter of the current owner.
Interestingly, an animal bite report revealed that the pit bull, named Dakota or Coda, had a violent past, with a history of attacking another dog over multiple occasions. Following the attack, the dog was euthanized.
Under Indiana law, a dog owner, including a person who possesses a dog, may be found civilly or criminally liable in the event his or her dog bites another person. If a dog owner has recklessly, knowingly or intentionally failed to take reasonable steps to restrain his or her dog, and the dog attacks someone, that person may be criminally liable. A dog owner may still be liable civilly for a dog attack even if the owner did not know that the dog might behave in a vicious manner.
This tragic event has undoubtedly inflicted tremendous emotional pain on the family. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury following an animal attack in Indiana or Kentucky, you may wish to speak with an attorney to discuss your legal options.
Source: wmtw.com, "Dog had violent history before killing boy," Courtney Sturgeon, June 7, 2016