Man’s best friend is an age-old adage used to describe dogs. Palaeolithic humans started breeding the aggression out of wolves 15,000 years ago. Lurking inside every dog is the specter of the wild animal that once was. Any dog can potentially turn to its animal nature and lash out biting or attacking other animals, people and even children.
Some dogs display aggressive tendencies that seem to inevitably lead to an incident while others have a benign history before the attack. Even a single dog bite can be quite traumatic while victims suffering from a dog bite injury can sometimes prove to be fatal. Here are a few chilling dog bite injuries in the U.S. provided by your Idaho dog bite lawyers.
The Diane Whipple Dog Attack
In January of 2001, Olympic athlete Diane Whipple returned home to her San Francisco apartment carrying groceries while neighbor Marjorie Knoller escorted her two canary mastiffs to the roof of their building. The dogs unexpectedly broke loose in the stairwell and viciously attacked Ms. Whipple. Because Knoller did very little to stop her canines, Diane received 77 dog bites encompassing every part of her body and succumbed to her dog bite injuries a few hours later at a nearby hospital.
The dog’s actual owner, a prominent member of the Aryan Brotherhood, was currently serving a sentence in prison and had previous ties to starting up an illegal dog fighting ring. Knoller and her husband Robert Noel were caring for the dogs while he was imprisoned. A high-profile legal case ensued resulting in convictions of manslaughter for the husband and second-degree murder for acting with conscious disregard for human life. Earlier this year Knoller was denied her first application for parole.
Tragedy at a California Rescue Shelter
The Passion for Paws Rescue kennel is a California non-profit focusing on rescuing Akitas, a Japanese fighting dog. Just this past May of 2019, a couple and their 7-year-old daughter were visiting the kennel with the possibility of adopting an Akita named Tux. The organization’s website had the dog listed as friendly with children, but as soon as Tux was introduced to the family, the dog lunged suddenly and viciously attack the young girl biting her in the face.
Thankfully, the girl did survive but required over 1,000 stitches to reconstruct major parts of her face. Citing a lack of previous aggression, the owner declined to turn over the dog over to animal control. Animal control eventually sued the owner in court, seeking an order to have Tux put down. The owner contested the action and after some conflicting testimony, an order of destruction was finally granted.
Utah Child Loses Arm to Huskies
On March 3, 2019, four-year-old Austin Brown was playing in a fenced backyard of his Utah home under the watchful eye of his father. One of two huskies poked its nose under the fence and Austin innocently reached to pet it. The dog latched onto his hand and pulled his arm through the hole while the other dog also began to attack. His father, an ex-marine, sprung to action yelling and trying to get both dogs to release his panic-stricken son. But before he could get them to let go, the pair of huskies had bitten off most of his arm below the elbow.
Austin is still recovering from his wounds with family and community support by his side but will require a prosthetic limb. A heated public debate ensued regarding the fate of the dogs and the parents were subjected to a painful torrent of abuse by some. The huskies were finally sent to a rescue sanctuary in a deal with animal control for the child’s dog bite injuries.
Kitsap County’s First Dog Attack Fatality
Briards are an ancient French herd dog with an illustrious history of owners including Napoleon. They are known as good family dogs and excellent herders. In the summer of 1999, a 72-year old woman from Rhode Island was visiting her daughter in Port Orchard, west of Seattle, who happened to own a pair of Briards. When her daughter returned home from work one day, she found her mother in the backyard with dog bites all over her body.
Badly injured and with almost nothing left of her arms, the elderly woman only survived a few hours at a nearby hospital. Strangely enough, the dogs had never shown any signs of aggressive tendencies before this attack. But the paramedic said it was the worst mutilation by an animal he had ever seen. The local humane society believed it was the very first dog attack fatality in the county had ever seen.
A Family’s Heartbreaking Dog Bite Accident
Kara Hartich was celebrating her fourth birthday on January 17, 2014. Tragically, it would be her last. Her family remembers her as a happy young girl who loved to sing and dance. She was home spending time with her grandma and her two-year-old sister when the two family dogs snapped out of nowhere. Kara had picked the American Staffordshire Terriers out as puppies and had helped raise them in a loving and caring home.
Despite the fact that the dogs had never shown signs of aggression before, the dogs attacked the young girl mauling her beyond recognition. Her grandma tried to intervene and was able to prevent her younger sister from being attacked but sadly, it was too late for Kara.
Idaho Dog Bite Attorneys – Meridian, Nampa, Twin Falls
Injuries from a dog bite attack are traumatic both physically and emotionally. Trying to sort out liability issues and insurance questions is a lot for anyone to have to deal with, let alone a family with a member recovering from a dog bite or attack. A dog bite lawyer who specializes in serious dog bite injuries has the professional experience you will need if you or a loved one have been injured in a dog bite accident.
We at the Advocates believe everyone deserves a dedicated and diligent dog bite attorney to help guide you through the difficult process of obtaining full compensation your pain and suffering. From handling liability questions to dealing with insurance claims, the Advocates will be there to assist you every step of the way. Call an Idaho dog bite attorney today 24/7 at 208-995-2444 or speak with an attorney on our live online chat right away. You deserve an Advocate!