Category Archives: Dogs / Dog Bites / Animals / Pets

What Is the Legal Duty of a Florida Dog Owner for a Dog Bite injury?

In the State of Florida, dogs are present in millions of homes and in virtually every community. Residents and visitors to the State of Florida enjoy dog ownership and companionship. Unfortunately, many people (including children) are victims of dog bite injuries in the State of Florida. Whether the dog is big, small, or a certain breed, the duties of the dog owner remain the same. A Florida dog owner has a duty to maintain reasonable control of the dog. If a dog owner takes safety precautions and otherwise diligent about the attempted control of the dog, a dog owner can … Continue reading

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Is Homeowners Insurance for Dog Bites Required in the State of Florida?

In Florida, there are dogs present in every community. Whether in a big city or small-town, Florida residents and visitors enjoy the ownership and companionship of the dog. Due to the number of dogs owned and present in the State of Florida, one would think that insurance for liability purposes would be required when a homeowner has possession and control of the dog. There is no Florida law in place that requires liability insurance by homeowners who own dogs. If a person owns a home and has always insurance, there may or may not be liability insurance regarding a dog … Continue reading

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St. Augustine Dog Bites Two People Near St. Augustine High School – Animal Control Removes the Dog

In St. Augustine, Florida, First Coast News reported that two people were recently bitten / attacked by a dog that was not restrained by a fence or leash. The dog bite incidents took place near St. Augustine High School. The incidents resulted in calls to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Johns County Fire Department as well as St. Johns County Animal Control. Dogs that are not restrained can be a danger to residents in the neighborhood, pedestrians, and bicyclists. It is important that all dog owners maintain control of their dogs and know where there dogs … Continue reading

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What Statutes Apply to Liability for Dog Bites in the State of Florida?

Florida has its own set of laws in place that deal with liability for dog bite related injuries and damages. The laws regarding dog bite injuries and damages vary from State to State. In addition, to dog bite laws, nuisance and dog leash laws vary from State to State as well. In Florida, nuisance and dog leash laws even vary from county to county. When dealing with a dog bite or dog nuisance matter, it is important to review the Florida Statutes on point as well as the local ordinances on point. Chapter 767, Florida Statutes covers dog owner liability … Continue reading

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Dog Bite Attack – Putnam County Florida Victim Dies as a Result of Dog Bite / Attack Personal Injuries

An estimated five million people per year are injured by a dog bite or attack. According to a recently released list of dog bite claims filed with an insurance company this past year, Florida reported 146 dog bite injuries in 2010. In reality, the number of dog bites is much larger because this statistic only includes incidents reported to one insurer. Injuries resulting from a dog attack can range from minor bites to permanent disability or serious disfigurement. In Putnam County, a man who was attacked by two pit bulls sadly died after being taken off life support. Roy McSweeney, … Continue reading

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Hawthorne Florida Man Suffers Horrific Injuries as a Result of a Dog Bite Attack in Putnam County Florida

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported a terrible dog bite attack that resulted in horrific injuries to Roy McSweeny – a 74 year old man from Hawthorne Florida. It was reported that Mr. McSweeney had to have both of his arms amputated as a result of a recent dog attack. He also suffered facial injuries as a result of this Florida dog bite attack. It was reported that the dogs were handed over to the local animal control authorities and euthanized. McSweeney underwent surgery and follow up care at Shands Hospital – Gainesville, Florida. See Putnam 74-year-old attacked by dogs … Continue reading

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Serious Dog Bites – Statistics, Dangers, and Risks to Florida Children

Dog bites occur in all States and communities. Recent federal government data revealed that dog bites that require hospitalization has nearly doubled in the past 15 years. More specifically, about 4.5 million dog bite incidents occur annually. Of those incidences, 316,200 required trips to the emergency room and 9,500 required hospitalization (these are the latest figures from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). Not only can dog bites or other dog attacks be physically damaging, but they can also be costly. The costs for treating dog-related personal injuries is an estimated $54 million per year; that figure averages out … Continue reading

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Miami Springs Man Is a Hero – Shoots Dangerous Dog in Miami-Dade County Florida

A man from Miami Springs, Florida, is being called a hero after he jumped in to rescue and woman and her dog from being attacked by another dog. The woman was walking her dog, a mixed Labrador breed, when, suddenly, another dog came charging from a house they were passing. The attacking dog first went after the mixed Labrador and then its owner. Dan Robling saw the attack from his home. Robling rushed out of his home and fatally shot the attacking dog. Robling said the dog had the woman’s arm in its mouth and was trying to pull her … Continue reading

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What Are the Ten Most Dangerous Dog Breeds? Legal Rights of the Dog Bite Victim in Florida

All dogs have the potential to be dangerous; however, some breeds are believed to be more dangerous than others. Certain breeds of canines are extremely large and can be stronger than the average person. Proper care and training can significantly impact a dog’s personality, but some dogs are inherently more aggressive than others. After extensive research and analysis by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States, a top-ten most dangerous dog breeds has been compiled. Below is this list from least to most dangerous breeds: 10. Dalmatian. – These dogs are extremely … Continue reading

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Dog Bite Attack in St. Augustine – 8 Year Old Boy Bit by Family Pet Pit Bull Dog

An 8-year-boy was attacked by his family’s Pit Bull while outside of his family’s home in St. Augustine, Florida. The boy was in the front yard of his home when the Pit Bull lunged at him and began to bite the child. Family members were able to restrain the dog for a brief moment, but the dog broke free and charged at the boy a second time. Neighbors and family members had to beat the Pit Bull dog with sticks to ultimately free the child. The 8-year-old sustained personal injuries and puncture wounds to his head and neck, he was … Continue reading

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