A very serious and tragic dog bite incident took place in Dixie County, Florida. A pack of dogs mauled a 22 year old developmentally delayed woman. Witnesses reported that at least 6 dogs attacked the woman in the roadway in the 100 block of North East 85th Street in Old Town (Dixie County) Florida. The woman survived the attacks but will need a number of surgeries and will certainly have scarring (both physical and psychological) as a result of this dog attack. The Dixie County Sheriff’s Office reported that the victim had injuries to her head, face, neck, abdomen, chest, arms, and legs. Apparently, the dogs were not leashed and not under the control of their owners who were reported to be owned by Jacqualine and Elizabeth Edgell.
In Florida, dog owners are held strictly liable dog bites by their dogs under the Florida Dog Bite Statute. There are a few exceptions to this general rule. Unlike some other States like Georgia, there is no requirement that a dog bite victim prove the the owner knew or should have known about the dangerous propensities of the dogs. Furthermore, negligence is not required to pursue a civil claim or case for dog bite personal injuries.
Even though prior notice of an attack or viciousness is not required, prior notice does make a case more compelling. There may have been another incident involving the Edgells’s dogs in the past in 2007.
The Dixie County Animal Control confiscated three bulldogs, four mixed breed dogs, and eight puppies in response to this incident. The victim is being treated at Shands Jacksonville – Hospital.
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