Authorities are investigating the death of a 30-year-old woman in Fallbrook whom they suspect may have been killed in an attack involving eight dogs. Investigators believe the eight Olde English Bulldogges mauled the woman when she went to care for them while their owners were out of town. Police noticed injuries that appeared to be the result of dog bites on the woman’s body. A relative of the woman discovered her body in the backyard of a home located in the 1300-block of Calle Tecolotlan. Officers responding to the scene found the dogs running loose in the yard, as well. An investigation into the official cause of death is underway, and Animal Control is detaining the dogs until a conclusion is reached.
“A person who is attacked by dogs while in public or lawfully in a private place may hold the owner of the animals liable for any recovery-related expenses under California Civil Code Section 3342,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event the person does not survive the attack, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the owner.”
In July 2011, U-T San Diego reported that the incidence of dog bites in the cities of San Diego, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Santee, Solana Beach and unincorporated areas of San Diego County had been steadily increasing over a four-year period, from 2,434 in the 2007-2008 fiscal year to 2, 699 in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2011. The article indicated that pit bulls, which were classified separately from the American Staffordshire, accounted for 389 of the bites recorded by animal services for the 2011 fiscal year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was killed in the attack involving eight dogs.
NBCSanDiego.com originally reported this Fallbrook attack.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 1-888-834 5055.