Florida pet owners can be very protective and loving when it comes to their animals. As such, any incidence involving the animal causing a bite or injury has the potential to be emotional and heartbreaking.
Unfortunately, there are some pet owners who mistreat their pets or actually train them to hurt others. These parties can and should be held accountable when the animal bites or attacks someone. This was the case recently after two women released their dogs at a grocery store.
Dangerous owners, dangerous dogs
According to news outlets, the two women were leaving a grocery store with approximately $250 worth of stolen food in a shopping cart. A store employee followed the women out to ask about whether they paid for the food.
When the women reached their car, one of them opened the door to release two pit bull-mix dogs. The dogs ran at the employee and attacked his groin, causing serious injuries.
Police arrested one of the women involved in the attack. One of the dogs was brought in to an animal control facility, and police are still trying to find the other dog and woman.
Holding owners accountable
This attack happened in another state, but it is the type of tragic event that could happen anywhere. And if it were to occur in Florida, the owner could face serious criminal charges for using a dog (or another animal) as a weapon, especially when they are committing a crime.
Whether the owner of a dangerous dog commands the animal to attack or not, there are no winners when a dog bites someone. The owner can be liable for damages; the victims can suffer serious injuries; the animal can be confiscated, quarantined and possibly euthanized.
Because of all the devastation that can happen after a dog bite or attack, victims should be diligent in reporting the incident. Not only can this allow them to pursue compensation for their injuries, but it can also trigger actions that prevent the dog from biting someone else in the future.