Dog Attack Leads to 100 Wounds
A 15-year-old old girl is recovering from more than 100 puncture wounds and two Pit Bull puppies are in quarantine after a vicious dog attack that happened earlier this week. It happened on July 10, around 1:30 p.m. in the 12000 block of N. San Circle Drive. According to investigators, the teenager was giving the puppies food and water in her own back yard when they inexplicably turned on her. The two 8-month-old dogs managed to pin the girl to the ground and were repeatedly biting her. Family members who were home at the time were able to pry animals away from 15-year-old Kasandra Benavides. According to a neighbor, Lucero Almazan, who witnessed the incident, “She was screaming, I’m going to die!” The young victim of the vicious dog attack taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she was treated for her injuries. Doctors estimate that her recovery will take some time. Benavides’ father, Juan Ruiz said that his daughter had helped to raise the puppies since they were four weeks old. According to Ruiz, the two dogs have never displayed any signs of aggression. All this, of course, has changed now. Ruiz has said that his daughter is in a lot of pain and he does not want the dogs back at the house. An anonymous neighbor, who wants to remain anonymous, however, represents the story a bit differently. According to the anonymous neighbor, the same two Pit Bull puppies recently killed another neighbor’s Shih Tzu. The main concern for this small mobile home park community is the safety of the children. While the dogs are currently being quarantined, officials have not stated what the ultimate fate of these two dogs will be. Dogs and humans have enjoyed a close relationship throughout history. For many of us in today’s society, dogs are considered valuable members of the family. Dogs have been our trusted friends, our children’s playmates and our protectors. By some estimates, American households own more than 75 million dogs as pets. With so many canine companions living amongst us and integrated into our daily lives, dog bites and attacks are an unfortunate occurrence. An estimated 4.7 million Americans are attacked by dogs each year, of these, an estimated 800,000 people will require medical treatment for dog bites. Most of the victims that die in a dog attack unfortunately are children. Most canine family members will go through their lives without ever having hurt anyone. However, dog attacks, sometimes with or without provocation on the part of humans, do happen. Injuries from dog attacks can be long term or even permanent. Many cities, including the City of Houston has a dangerous dogs ordinance. This ordinance includes policies such as complaints lodged by residents, hearings about dangerous dogs and requirements of owners of dangerous dogs. An owner of a dangerous dog must carry at least $100,000 in liability insurance. (http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10123) If you or a loved one has been bitten or injured by a dog, give us a call. You may be entitled to a settlement or financial compensation. Get treatment for any injuries, but as soon as the situation allows, it is important to consult with an attorney with the specifics of your case. Our attorneys have years of experience in the Texas courts. Don’t risk waiting. Get the justice you deserve. Your initial consultation with our lawyers is free.