Crystal Pearigen Bakersfield: Crystal Lynn Pearigen Died In Bakersfield Costco Pit Bull Dog Attack In The Parking Lot
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (June 24, 2019) – A 36-year-old woman identified as Crystal Lynn Pearigen has tragically died in a pit bull dog attack in the parking lot of Costco.
Bakersfield police are saying that Crystal Lynn Pearigen was initially attacked by several dogs in a commercial area parallel to Costco. The attack continued as the victim crossed into Costco’s parking lot through a fence.
Crystal Lynn Pearigen was later found dead in the parking lot. The Bakersfield animal control said that they were able to capture all three dogs that were involved in the attack.
They said that all three of the dogs are going to be euthanized. An investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Dog Attacks
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “An estimated 4.7 million Americans will be bitten this year. As many as 800,000 people annually require medical treatment for dog bites.” Of those that are attacked, around 12 people die every year. California has very strict laws with respect do owning dogs and preventing them from harming other people.
Dog owners are held strictly liable in the event that their animal injures someone. According to California Civil Code 3342, “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.” As stated in the statute, the owner of the dog cannot try to escape liability by claiming they didn’t know their dog was vicious.
Dogs tend to be much more dangerous when they are in packs. It’s best to keep your distance and contact the police if you see a stray dog. The family of any victim that died in a dog attack may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a wrongful death claim can help with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the specific facts of your case and let you know what your options are.
Getting Help After A Dog Attack
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Crystal Lynn Pearigen. Any person that may have knowledge of the attack should reach out to the Bakersfield police department as they continue their investigation. It’s important that there is some accountability for what happened.
Have you or someone that you love been involved in a dog attack? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the justice that they deserve. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about a particular incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.