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ROMOLAND: Passion for Paws Rescue Inc Akita Dog Attack Injured 7-Year-Old Girl


Jun 2, 2019

7-Year-Old Girl Seriously Injured In Akita Dog Attack That Required over 1000 Facial Stitches At Passion for Paws Rescue Inc In Menifee

ROMOLAND, CALIFORNIA (June 2, 20219) – A 7-year-old girl needed facial surgery and over 1,000 stitches after a Japanese fighting dog (Akita) lunged at the victim and attacked her at Passion for Paws Rescue Inc. 

The violent dog attack took place at Romoland based Passion for Paws Rescue Inc. Riverside county police are saying that the Akita bit the right side of the girls face.

Riverside police have said that there have been several incidents at the non-profit rescue group. Animal services have reported that “at least five other serious bites involving dogs at or from this kennel” have occurred since 2013.

Two of those attacks have occurred in the last year. a Facebook post on Passion for Paws Rescue Inc said that the Akita named “Tux” gets along well with children. 

The 7-year-old girl and her parent and the  were with staff members at the kennel and thinking about adopting the dog. Police are no seeking to have the dog destroyed which will be debated at a public hearing on Thursday. 

An investigation into the dog attack at Passion for Paws Rescue Inc remains ongoing at this time. 

Some Facts About Akitas

Akitas are originally from Japan and were primarily used for dog fighting and bear hunting. Akitas are generally considered very territorial and genetically predisposed to be aggressive. Because of their size and aggressive behavior a number of countries around the world have targeted the Akita through breed-specific legislation. In fact, even the American Kennel Club has listed the dog as “aggressive” and that they “should always be supervised around small children and other animals”.

A number of people have said that Akitas are not fit as family dogs and have warned against adopting them. Olivia Donnelly was mauled for nearly 2 hours by an Akita that had recently birthed puppies. The temperament of the dog was described as gentle and sociable before the attack. Akitas have been linked to 8 fatal dog attacks and 118 serious injuries. Depending on the facts of any case, the owner of an Akita may face civil liability if their dog attacks someone. 

Liability For Dog Attacks

California is a “strict liability” state when it come to dog attacks. Owners are generally responsible if their dog attacks someone, even if the dog was not known to be vicious in the past. 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.”

There are a few situations where a dog owner may not face civil liability according to the statute. Generally speaking, a dog owner may not face civil liability after an attack if the “dog was defending itself from an annoying, harassing, or provoking act.” Animal shelters will often work hard to deny liability for dog attacks. It’s important to seek the legal advice of a dog bite injury attorney

Any person that is injured in a dog attack may have the ability to seek damages through a bodily injury claim. Even a mild to moderate dog bite can result if health care costs exceeding $35,000. More serious injuries may require extensive surgeries, skin grafts and treatments costing well over $300,000. This doesn’t include the psychological damage that a dog attack can create. Victims of dog attacks – especially young victims – often develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). An attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting Help After A Dog Attack

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim of this dog attack and her parents as she continues to recover. Passion for Paws Rescue needs to be doing more to prevent attacks like this. This is completely unacceptable. There have already been five attacks since 2013. If Passion for Paws Rescue won’t take the necessary action, the Riverside County police department should step in to help keep the public safe. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured in a dog attack you may have legal recourse. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that dog attack victims get the medical and financial support that they need to fully recover. Whether you have questions about your rights or would like a free investigation into your case we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us (888) 888-9285.

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