Jogging through the park just isn’t what it used to be. Despite all the technology watching us and tracking us, there are still surprises to be had in the park. Our Los Angeles Dog Attack Attorneys at Compass Law Group, LLP has the privilege of working with clients who have been through a mess of trauma. Getting attacked by an animal can be a bewildering event. It’s bewildering because we are conditioned to love animals, especially dogs. There are a countless amount of TV shows and movies that portray animals as loving beings who help us become better people. We love our animals so much that some even call them “fur babies” in the replacement of children. So, when you are bitten or attacked by a dog its messes with our minds. How can something so lovely and sweet turn so evil?
Dog attacks are not out of the ordinary. In fact, for professions like mail carriers, they are increasing. Dogs are great to have because they do provide a sense of protection. Including a dog into your family lifestyle is like having a life alarm system. Dogs are pretty good at sensing things that aren’t right. They like to bark at someone who is approaching the house alongside thunder in the sky and foreign noises. Dogs offer protection, but depending on the owner and how they are treated, dogs may react very differently than the beloved creatures Hollywood portrays.
Jog Turned Nightmare
A young woman was jogging through Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley around 10:30 AM on a Thursday when a dog attacked her. Thankfully the jogger had pepper spray and was able to deescalate the attack by using the pepper spray on the animal. Essentially the jogger saved herself from severe wounds such as puncture wounds or infection if the dog was found to have not had a rabies shot. The jogger thought her nightmare was over until she saw the owner of the dog charging toward her.
The owner of the dog was not apologetic at all. Instead, she charged at the jogger pinning her down assaulting her with punches. The dog owner bit the jogger too. In shock, the jogger was finally able to get away as police showed up. The dog owner, a 19-year old female, was arrested for suspicion of battery, false imprisonment with violence, and robbery for allegedly taking the jogger’s pepper spray. In this surprise turn of events, the jogger now has two bites—one from the owner and the other from the dog.
What To Do
Dog attacks can turn serious quickly. Because dogs are wild creatures and latch on instead of letting go, people can suffer severe injuries that can cause heavy bleeding, broken bones, and disfigurement. The size and strength of the dog can influence the kind of injuries you sustain. If you or someone you love is suffering from a dog attack then you need legal assistance.