A dog in St. Petersburg Florida was shot by a police officer after reportedly escaping from its home and acting aggressively toward several people in the neighborhood. As ABC reports, The German Shepherd had reportedly escaped from its home at 1719 11th Ave N. at approximately 3 p.m. and was running loose in the neighborhood when police encountered it.
A neighbor called the police when he noticed the animal wandering the streets and acting aggressively toward people. He witnessed at least one bite firsthand, and soon more neighbors got involved, in order to rush to the aid of a bite victim.
At first, officers attempted to herd the dog back to its home, but after the animal became aggressive and lunged toward them, one of the officers shot it. The dog was taken to a nearby animal hospital and has sustained no life-threatening injuries. Not much else is known about the case—or about the dog’s owner—at this time.
In cases like this, the dog owner is legally liable for any injuries caused by the animal. The aggressive German Shepherd in this case was not properly confined to its home, and as a result, many lives were put in danger. At Nadrich & Cohen, we see cases like this all too often, and in many instances, they end up much worse. It is fortunate that no one was seriously injured in this case.
If you notice dogs wandering the streets in your own neighborhood, keep your distance, avoid eye contact, and do not attempt to get the dog’s attention. Dogs can be highly unpredictable, and you don’t want to take the risks. It’s especially important to keep a close watch on your kids, because more children than adults are impacted by dog bites every year.
Have you or someone you love been injured or killed as a result of a dog bite? If so, you may be entitled to compensation, but you must act quickly in order to file your claim in a timely manner and ensure the best chance of success. The California dog bite attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen have been leading clients to victory for more than 25 years, and we fight aggressively to ensure the best possible recovery.
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