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SANTA ANA: Supervising Fleet Technician Injured In Dog Attack With Orange County sheriff’s K-9 During Training Exercise At Public Works Specialty Shop Building


Oct 1, 2018

O.C. Supervising Fleet Technician Was Injured In A Dog Attack With A Sheriff’s K-9 Unit After Police Let The Dog Loose In The Building On Fruit Street

 SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (September 29, 2018) A Supervising Fleet Technician was injured in his own office after he was attacked by a police dog at the O.C. Public Works specialty shop building.

Santa Ana police have not yet identified the victim that was injured in the K-9 dog attack. The worker was attacked for a full minute before a dog trainer was able to pull him off.

The supervising fleet technician suffered deep lacerations and puncture wounds on his arm and may need to undergo plastic surgery. Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer has requested that there be an investigation into the incident.

It does not appear as if officers checked the building in order to make sure no one was inside before conducting the training exercise. The victim of the accident was treated at the Global Medical Hospital in Tustin.

How To Prevent Dog Attacks

Over a third of households in the United States have at least one dog. Dogs are often are our best friends, but they can be dangerous under certain circumstances. Here are just a few steps that you can take in order to help stay safe:

  • Awareness: Dogs have emotional states just like people. Dogs that are nervous or under stress may lash out by biting. You should be aware of a dog’s body language and not approach them when they look nervous. A nervous dog will tuck its tail between its legs and its back hair will be raised.

  • Approach: Don’t approach unfamiliar dogs. When approaching a new dog for the first time stick your hand out and let them sniff you. Dogs get familiar with people and other dogs by smelling them first.

  • Help: If you are bitten by a dog be sure to seek medical attention immediately. Dogs can have a number of diseases including rabies, capnocytophaga bacteria and tetanus.

Victims of dog attacks can be left with devastating injuries and high medical bills. An experienced Los Angeles dog bite injury attorney can examine the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Liability In Dog Attacks

Liability for dog bites is laid out in California Civil Code Section 3342. An owner of a dog will typically be liable for a dog attack if it occurred while a person was lawfully in a public or private place. California is a “strict liability” state when it comes to dog bites. It doesn’t matter if the dog had a history of aggressive behavior in the past. Owners will typically be liable when their dog attacks someone. An owner may not be liable for the dog attack if the victim was provoking the dog or if they were trespassing. Dog bite victims may have the ability to file a personal injury claim in order to recover damages including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A  dog bite injury attorney can examine your case and let you know what your rights are.

Getting Help After A Dog Attack

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our good wishes to the Santa Ana Supervising Fleet Technician who was injured in this dog attack. The Sheriff’s Department needs to show accountability after this accident and admit they are at fault. What happened is completely unacceptable. That building should have been checked before they released a vicious K-9 police dog that has been trained to attack. We encourage anyone that may have witnessed what happened to come forward and speak with investigators.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a dog attack due to the negligence of police officers? You may be entitled to compensation. Our team of highly experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are here to help you with whatever you need. We will fight on your behalf and do everything in our power to get you just compensation  for your injuries. We’ve won over 1 billion dollars for our clients and focus exclusively on personal injury law. Call us today for a free consultation (888) 888-9285.

Sources:

  1. Dani Alexis Ryskamp. California Dog Bite Injury Laws & Owner Liability Rules. 2018

  2. Eileen Frere. OC sheriff’s K-9 attacks county employee during training exercise. September 5, 2018.

  3. Centers For Disease Control. Preventing Dog Bites. 2018

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