Two “Pit Bulls” in Camden New Jersey won’t be attacking anyone else any time soon. After police arrived on the scene of a dog attack they shot the dogs dead.
A brief news report on NJ.com simply says the dogs were pit bulls and police shot the dogs after they were unable to capture them. At the time of this article, we’re not sure if the dogs were threatening officers of not, but it does sound like it may have been a public safety issue. We do know that police were called to the scene after the canines allegedly attacked a child an adult on October 12, 2018.
Why Do Pit Bulls Attack?
This is not meant to be a detailed article on why dogs attack, but we can tell you that some dogs do not get nearly the amount of training needed to prevent an attack. In fact, some dogs are trained TO attack. Of course, dogs attack when provoked, and that’s usually what an insurer will say, especially after a child is bitten. However, that’s usually not true and children are rarely to blame for someone’s vicious animal attacking them.
Bully Breeds do make up a very large portion of attacks. And, there attacks often make the news as many bully breeds “hold and shake”, causing significant tissue, muscle, tendon and even bone damage. Some attack victims even suffer certain forms of anxiety or PTSD after an attack, and other victims with minor bites may later discover infections, scarring or nerve damage.
This all said, not all dogs are inherently bad just because they’re “pit bulls”. There are dozens of dog breeds people call “pit bulls” such as American pit bull terriers, Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, bullmastiffs, American bulldogs or any mix of these breeds. However, studies do show that over 50% of dog bites to children are indeed from bully breeds. Anyone who has an aggressive dog should keep a very close eye on it.
Dog attacks at NJ playgrounds:
This attack took place at a playground. We’re not sure where the owner was or if he or she was present. We can however tell you that New Jersey is a strict liability dog bite state. That means that dog owners are almost always responsible for their dog’s actions. Even if the dog has never showed any aggression in the past, people who have been attacked may hold the dog’s owner liable.
Most dog bite victims know the owner:
Sometimes we meet people who do not like to sue or don’t want to ruin their relationship with the dog owner. However, people have insurance for a reason and your friends probably want to see you compensated for their dog’s viciousness. If this is a concern to you and you or your child was attacked in a friend’s home or at a playground, be sure to speak to an attorney.
Call us for a free, confidential consultation:
After any dog attack in Camden or anywhere in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, contact us for a free consultation. We will go over all of your legal options with you during this case evaluation and let you know how to best proceed with the legal process and also the healing process.