Our law firm devotes the considerable talents of our attorneys to protect the rights and pursue compensation for people and families seriously injured by the negligence of others. For many, a dog bite does not seem to be a serious injury, but for some, it can be fatal.
Pit bull-mix dogs have garnered headlines across the United States as the dangerous dog of the day. Not a recognized breed, pit bull mixes can be part English bulldog, terrier, boxer or another breed. While pit bull-mix dogs enjoyed a reputation as a protective family dog in the last century, those days are gone, replaced by news reports like the following:
- In August on Staten Island, a 60-year-old woman was mauled and maimed by two loose pit bull-mix dogs. Attending a neighborhood barbeque, Lucille Fundaro crossed a street to call on a friend and was attacked, leaving blood and flesh on the ground as she dragged herself over a gate to escape.
- Also in August of this year, an 82-year-old Passaic, New Jersey woman was hospitalized after a pit bull-mix dog jumped a fence and attacked her in her own backyard.
The American Humane Society notes that the populations most vulnerable to a fatal dog attack are the oldest and youngest members of a community. New York recognizes a law that holds owners responsible for the damage done by their dogs, and additional damages if the dog was known to be dangerous.
Pit bull-mix dogs are aggressive, strong and agile by nature. While the Humane Society and many others do not support breed-specific legislation, the ferocity and unprovoked tendency of these particular dogs to attack make them a hazard to the communities in which they live.
If bitten or attacked by a dog in New York, seek experienced legal advice.