The owner of a pit bull shot and killed his dog recently after it attacked him and his son when they tried to break up a fight with another dog. Orange County authorities say that the pit bull and another dog were fighting at a home on Forsyth Road around 5:30 p.m. when the pit bull’s owner intervened to break up the fight. Both the owner and his adult son were attacked by the pit bull during the scuffle. The owner’s wife saw the dog attack and armed herself to protect her husband and son but her attempts to shoot the animal were unsuccessful. The owner then took the gun from his wife and killed the dog before being taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Pit bulls and other aggressive dog breeds have a well-earned reputation for dog bite incidents here in Florida and across the country. Those least able to protect themselves from dog attacks, children and the elderly, are the most likely victims of animal attacks in Florida, with an average of 600 Floridians hospitalized annually for injuries from dog bites. On average, two Floridians die each year from injuries they suffered in dog bite attacks.
If you observe or are a victim of an animal attack in Orange County, you should contact Animal Control at 407-836-3111 or dial 3-1-1. You can also call 9-1-1 and alert police and other emergency responders.
Under Florida law, pet owners are responsible for any harm or damage caused by their animals, regardless of whether or not the dog has bitten anyone else. If you or a member of your family has been injured in an animal attack and you would like to speak with an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney, call James O. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587). When you schedule a free consultation with Mr. Cunningham, he will explain your rights, Florida dog bite laws and your legal options so that you can make informed decisions about which course of action will be best for you and your family. Schedule your consultation today and get an experienced Orlando dig bite injury lawyer on your side!
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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