Florida woman protects daughter, but is mauled by pack of pit bulls
A 27-year-old woman from Daytona Beach, Florida, was severely injured on May 7, 2013, when she was attacked by a pack of five pit bulls. The woman was walking with her 6-year-old daughter close to their home on Holly Lane when the dogs attacked. According to reports, there was no provocation for and no warning of the attack. The woman hid her young daughter behind her and told her to run for the house.
The woman’s actions to protect her daughter worked: her daughter did not suffer any injuries. The woman was not as fortunate. According to deputies from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, she suffered multiple puncture wounds and lacerations. She was taken to Flagler County Airport by ambulance, where she was airlifted to Halifax Hospital in a helicopter belonging to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. She received multiple sutures for her injuries, but her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Police were able to locate the pit bulls they believe attacked the woman. The dogs were picked up by animal control officers. No information has been provided on whether criminal charges will be filed in the case or whether the pit bulls will be euthanized.
Florida law states the owners of dogs are strictly liable for any injuries suffered because of the actions of their dogs. There is no “one free bite” in Florida and criminal charges may also result depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident and the severity of the injuries. Criminal charges are not required, however, for a civil claim to be filed against the owner of a dog that bites someone.
If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, contact an experienced Florida dog bite attorney. You may have a civil claim for medical bills, pain and suffering, disfigurement or other damages.
Source: browardpalmbeach.com,http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2013/05/pit_bulls_maul_florida_woman_a.php,” Chris Joseph, May 6 2013.