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FRESNO: 70-Year-Old Woman Injured In Pit Bull Dog Attack While Walking By Christmas Tree Lane

Oct 4, 2018

Pitbull Dogs That Attacked 70-Year-Old Woman Walking Around Christmas Tree Lane To Be Euthanized

 FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (October 3, 2018) Two woman were attacked by pit bulls during a morning walk by Christmas Tree Lane when the dogs broke free from a neighbors yard.

One of the people who was attacked by the pitbulls has been identified as a  70-year-old woman. Neighbors are saying that the dogs were being allowed to roam the neighborhood and they remain terrified of being attacked.

Joy Harvell says that her neighborhood has been on high alert following the attacks. She was a witness to one of the attacks.  The Central California SPCA confiscated both dogs and said that they will be euthanized.

An investigation into the Fresno dog attacks remains ongoing at this time.

How To Protect Yourself From A Dog Attack

Dogs can often behave erratically. But they have emotions in much the same way that people do. Learning how to read a dog’s body language and taking several other factors into account can help keep you safe. Here are just a few things that you should know in order to stay safe around dogs:

  • Avoid panicking: Dogs can pick up on your emotional state and sense if you are afraid.

  • Avoid eye contact: Dogs are territorial and they will treat eye contact as a challenge.

  • Distract the dog: You can try distracting the dog by giving them something to chew on like a backpack. This may help give you enough time to escape.

  • Fight back: As a measure of last resort, fight back against a dog that is trying to attack you. Deliver punches and kicks to the dogs nose in order to try to  stun the dog and get away.

Victims of dog attacks can often be left with serious injuries and high medical bills. A Los Angeles dog bite injury lawyer can take steps to get you compensation for your injuries.

Liability In Dog Attacks

Dog owners in California are responsible at all times for making sure their animal is properly secured and that it doesn’t pose a threat to anyone. Under California law, owners are responsible for any injuries or deaths that their dogs cause no matter the dogs previous record. As long as the victim was lawfully in a public or private space when the attack occurred there is a good chance the owner will be liable. Victims will typically be able to file a claim against the dog owner’s home insurance policy in order to recover money for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Getting Help After A Dog Attack

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to both of the victims of this pitbull dog attack. Homeowners should not have to be afraid when they are walking around their neighborhood. People have a responsibility to keep their dogs securely on the property. Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out and speak with investigators.

If you or someone that you care about has been attacked by a dog you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to take care of you. We are proud to have recovered over 1 billion dollars for our deserving clients. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney we are here for you (888) 888-9285.  


  1. ABC 30. Neighbors concerned after dogs attack people near Fresno’s Christmas Tree Lane. September 20, 2018

  2. Nolo. Details on when California dog owners could be legally responsible for bites and other injuries caused by their pets. 2018

  3. WikiHow. How to Handle a Dog Attack. 2018

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