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Gilbert Dog Owner with Gun Shoots Attacking Dog

By Breyer Law Offices on March 6, 2018

One dog owner was startled by two unattended German shepherds on February 21st as they ran out from behind a van and attacked. The man was walking his own dogs on a leash down the sidewalk, and although he yelled at the approaching German shepherds, one didn’t stop. It grabbed his Shih Tzu and started biting and shaking it.

The man tried pulling the dogs apart as well as shouting and kicking at the larger dog, but it wouldn’t stop attacking. That’s when he pulled out his gun and fired, hitting the dog in the leg and giving himself time to get away with his two dogs. After investigating, police learned that those German shepherds were allowed to run freely around the neighborhood and act aggressively toward people and pets.

Arizona Dog Law

Arizona has very strict dog bite laws. Even if owners take every precaution possible, if their dog injures another person or pet, they are responsible. This is called a “strict liability” law, and it makes no exception for service or support animals. If your dog attacks, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Owners of aggressive dogs can be held liable for the attack and made to pay for damages, including medical and veterinary bills.

While it’s important to be cautious and avoid aggressive dogs, sometimes people and pets are attacked even when they are being careful. The Gilbert man who shot the German shepherd was simply trying to walk his own pets.

What to Do After a Pet Is Attacked

Dog bites happen at a rate of hundreds per year in Arizona, but because not all are reported, it’s hard to find an exact figure. The Husband and Wife Law Team is here to guide you through the process of filing a claim against the other dog owner. Even if you are successful in pulling your dog to safety, the other dog owner must be held responsible so no one else is injured. That owner can be responsible for your pet’s veterinary bills as well as your own medical bills if you are scratched or bitten during the scuffle.

Hiring an experienced Arizona dog bite attorney is very important because the other owner might claim it was your dog’s fault. The team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., will investigate the facts surrounding the case and interview witnesses to strengthen your claim.

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