In St. Augustine, Florida, a woman and a 10 year old boy suffered personal injuries in two separate Pit Bull dog attacks. The boy was with his father visiting an acquaintance. The boy began petting the dog. The adults left the boy alone with the dog. Minutes later, the dog was observed to be mauling the boy. It is uncertain what triggered this dangerous and potentially deadly behavior of this dog. The boy was airlifted to Shands Jacksonville Hospital for injuries to his neck and right arm.
The second incident involved a woman who was walking with her small dog (a Chihauhua). The Pit Bull broke free of its collar and then bite the woman.
Both Pit Bulls have been quarantined following the attacks. If prior attacks were reported or documented, the St. Johns County Animal Control may recommend that the dogs be put down.
In Florida, a dog bite victim does not have to prove negligence or fault of the dog owner for dog bite related injuries. Dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by dog bites. There are some exceptions to this general rule, but (for the most part), a dog owner is liable. When a dog bite takes place, there are many legal issues that arise including the existence and amount of homeowner’s or liability insurance, medical bills, medical treatment, and other issues.
You can read more about these unfortunate Pit Bull attacks at St. Augustine, Florida – A 10 Year Old Boy and Woman Attacked in Separated Incidents by a Pit Bull.