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Florida Department of Children and Families to Investigate Pit Bull Dog Bite Attack Causing Death of Newborn Baby

In Arlington area of Jacksonville, Florida, a newborn baby died after suffering serious personal injuries from a Pit Bull dog bite attack at an Arlington home. Due to the death of this child due to a Pit Bull attack, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families will be investing the circumstances of this incident. Dogs, whether they are a Pit Bull breed or another breed, can be unpredictable especially around children. Sometimes, a dog (with no prior warning and no prior history) just snaps and attacks a child or attack. This may have been the … Continue reading

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Pit Bull Dog Attack in West Palm Beach, Florida – Rights of Dog Bite Victim

A 14-year-old girl of West Palm Beach, Florida is being treated for facial injuries after being attacked by two Pit Bull dogs. According to Teri Barbera, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, the teenage girl was walking to school when the Pit Bulls attacked the girl, inflicting personal injuries. Bystanders tried to pull the dogs off the girl but attempts were unsuccessful. It was not until a deputy arrived and shot the dogs when the attacked stopped. One dog fled and is still missing, the other pit bull is with animal control. The victim was transported to St. Mary’s Medical … Continue reading

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Dangerous Dogs Shot by Officers Serving an Arrest Warrant in Orange County, Florida

According to officials, an Orange County (Florida) deputy was attacked by two pit bulls while trying to serve a warrant. According to a report, because the deputy was in fear of his safety he shot the pit bulls – killing one and “seriously” injuring the other. Officials say the deputy was attacked when an Orange County gang unit was sent to a home in Bithlo, Florida to serve a felony warrant. The deputy who was attacked sustained minor personal injuries to his lower legs. Deputies later arrested the man sought in their investigation. If you would like to read more … Continue reading

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Dog Owners In Florida Are Responsible for Dog’s Actions

Written By: Lenorae Atter Attorney at Law In Florida, a dog owner is responsible for the damages caused by their dog. Florida Statutes provide that dog owners are strictly liable, meaning there is no defense, if the owner’s dog attacks or causes damage to another person or property. (Florida Statute 767.01) If a dog bites someone that is on public grounds, invited onto the owner’s property, has a legal right to be on the property, or is under the age of 6, then the dog’s owner can be held liable for any and all damages. Such damages can be medical, … Continue reading

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What Dogs Are Considered Dangerous Dogs in Jacksonville (Duval County) Florida?

Sec. 462.402 in the Jacksonville, Florida Code of Ordinances, a “dangerous dog” is defined as a dog as any dog whose actions, according to records and after investigation, meet at least one of the following: 1. A dog who bites, endangers or otherwise aggressively attacks a human or inflicts severe injury on a human either on public or private property, including the owner’s property; 2. A dog who attacks or bites another dog or domesticated animal and cuases severe injury or death to the other dog or domesticated animal upon public or private property, including the owner’s property; 3. Is … Continue reading

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University of Florida Student Suffers Serious Left Hand – Upper Extremity Injury at UF Equine Research Center

UF student severs hands at UF Equine Research Center. Hopefully, Courtney Mason will have a full and quick recovery. Dealing with animals, although fun and educational, is inherently dangerous. Horses are strong and unpredictable animals, therefore, adults, and especially children and young adults, need to take extreme caution while around horses.

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Florida Dog Bites and Your Rights

By: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney In Florida, a dog bite or attack is considered strict liability. What this means is that regardless of any action taken by the dog’s owner, that owner is responsible if the dog attacks someone. Typically, the dog will be covered under the owner’s homeowner’s insurance regardless of whether the incident occurs on the home’s property. Often, homeowner’s insurance has a medpay provision, which pays for medical expenses up to a certain amount. If the damages go beyond that amount, then it may be a situation where the victim of the attack files a claim against … Continue reading

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St. Augustine Man Fights for Life of Pet in Dog Bite Case

A St. Augustine, Florida man who adopted a 14-pound Shih-Tzu dog from a local shelter is now fighting to save the dog’s life after his new pet bit a five-year-old boy. Cyrus, the shih-tzu, was taken into custody at the St. Johns County Animal Control. But Philip Stoddard, Cyrus’ new owner, says that the hearing was a “rush to judgment” and is fighting to have the order rescinded. Cyrus was staying at a foster home in St. Augustine in April when he escaped from the house and ran to a 5-year-old boy who was riding in a battery-operated car. According … Continue reading

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Florida Dog Bite Law – Rights of Dog Bite Victims and Legal Responsibility of Dog Owners

According to The Humane Society of the U.S., there are over 77.5 million “owned” dogs in America. In fact, almost 40 percent of American homes have at least one dog. There is no question that Americans love dogs. And they love us right back. But sometimes that love takes the form of protection and even aggression, which is why dog bite laws exist. Florida dog owners can be held liable for any damages caused by their dog – either in a public place or when the victim is on the owner’s property lawfully. Florida has a strict liability law in … Continue reading

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