A Grover Beach officer’s dog attacked an elderly woman and a 64-year-old man. Both victims were taken to the Sierra Vista Medical Center last Tuesday. However, the man, David Fear, has subsequently passed away from his injuries. The elderly woman, Betty Long, suffered moderate injuries and was released from the hospital on Saturday.
KSBY.com reiterated the fact that these dogs were not verified police K9s. “San Luis Obispo County Animal Services says its officers found two dogs at the scene of the attack, both belonging to a Grover Beach police officer. The dogs have not been K9 officers with the City of Grover Beach, nor were they certified by the City or involved with the City.” One of his dogs is a German Sheppard and was not aggressive or involved in the attack. His other dog, a two-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois, was the aggressive attacking dog. That dog was euthanized shortly after the incident. The incident is under investigation and the name of the owner has yet to be released.
Ryan Harris the founder of Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, was interviewed on Monday by KSBY to discuss the possibility of the dog owner facing criminal charges. He said if your dog is to bite, attack or even kill someone, you have a civil responsibility to the family of the victim.”Family members of the victim would have the right to pursue the dog owner in a civil court for monetary damages.” In this case, the dog owner may face a civil suit from the Fear family.
Being attacked or bitten by a dog can be an extremely traumatic experience. All dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pets. Pain and suffering from dog bites can last a lifetime. If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog, please contact our law office for a free case consultation to review your rights at 1.800.GO.HARRIS.