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Dog Bites / Animal Attacks in Atlanta

It is really pretty simple. People are allowed to keep pets but the pets are not allowed to bite, maul, mangle, or otherwise injure other people. When you consider that there are 61 million dogs in America and annually there are about 4.7 million cases of dog bites, then you realize that there must be lawsuits arising out of these bites.

But, of course, dogs are not the only pets that bite, so any pet with teeth, or the ability to injure a human, can potentially lead to a lawsuit. If you, someone you love, or even or your pet, has been hurt by someone else’s pet, it would be advisable to call up an Atlanta Personal Injury lawyer and explain your situation. But get that wound treated first.

Recently in Dog Bites / Animal Attacks Category

Frances Torres says she's lucky to be alive after being attacked by a neighbor's pit bull.

The 66-year-old grandma was walking her dog when the pit bull allegedly attacked her, Channel 2 Action News reports. Both Torres and her dog were injured in the incident.

Now the pit bull's owner could be on the hook for Torres' medical and vet bills.

Earlier in the week, we reported about a Forsyth man whose dogs were euthanized while he was laid up in the hospital. On Tuesday night, an Atlanta police officer was forced to put a dog down in a much more dramatic fashion.

On Tuesday night, a child was attacked by a pit bull in northwest Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Fortunately, an officer who was on patrol nearby was able to shoot the dog before it could seriously injury the child. Could the dog's owner be held liable for the attack?

Craigslist may be a great place to find a missed connection, but it's not always the most reliable source for goods and services. A Lawrenceville woman is learning that lesson the hard way after a dog trainer she found on Craigslist lost her dog, WSBTV reports.

Elizabeth Ingram said that she handed her pit bull, Stella, over to Brooke Brovich after she saw Brovich's ad for dog training services on Craigslist. A few days after the Ingram dropped Stella off, however, Brovich reportedly lost the dog. If Stella doesn't turn up, could Ingram file a civil suit against Brovich?

A Fayetteville Walmart employee is recovering after being attacked by a police dog outside of the store, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

On Thursday, 52-year-old Mang Dieke was on his coffee break outside of a Fayetteville Walmart when he was attacked by a Belgian Malinois police dog. Dieke suffered multiple injuries in the attack. Should he sue the county?

Georgia Supreme Court Killer Alligator Case

The Georgia Supreme Court will be hearing a case about an alleged killer alligator, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Georgia Supreme Court's killer alligator case arises from events involving a woman found dead in a lagoon that as home to an eight-foot alligator in Savannah.

The heirs of the 83-year-old woman, Gwyneth Williams of Savannah, are suing The Landing Association, the homeowners association that they say should have taken steps to remove the gator. When Gwyneth Williams of Savannah was discovered, her hands and one leg were missing and parts of her body were found in the stomach of the alleged killer alligator, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

There Are Snakes In That Car!!!

Atlanta deputies pulling over a car on I-75 were warned by the driver that he had snakes in the car, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An Indiana man named Nicholas Angel Mesa was pulled over on a traffic stop. When the police approached him he informed that he had 10 snakes and three different lizard species in the car. To carry out a search of the vehicle, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had to be called.

Atlanta Woman Sues Rick Ross After Pit Bull Attacks Yorkie

Rapper Rick Ross apparently needs to keep his dogs on a leash or at least assert more control over the canines. His three pit bulls attacked and killed a Yorkshire Terrier last April after they escaped from his Atlanta mansion, reports the Daily Mail. Hence, Ross has gotten himself into some legal trouble with a very angry Yorkie owner.

The owner of the now-deceased Yorkie is suing the rapper, alleging that Ross was negligent in allowing the three dogs to get out of their kennels. The lawsuit states that the three pit bulls left “three large bite wounds” on the back of the Yorkie named Banks as well as a “very large bite wound” on the neck.

Dog Bite Crackdown: Mandatory Dog Owner Fees in College Park

Those that own a Pit Bull, Rottweiler, or other “dangerous dog” in the city of College Park, will have to now pay a $25 fee to register their dog with the city clerk’s office.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this new requirement of dog registration comes after a series of recent Pit Bull attacks in the region and was passed by College Park City Council in order to make it easier to trace dogs that attack back to their owners. The dog owner registration ordinance will also supposedly help Animal Control keep a closer eye on potentially dangerous dogs.

Americans are currently recognizing National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 15-21), bringing attention to the fact that 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. While dogs continue to be man's best friend, The Huffington Post reports that nearly one million of these dog bite victims suffer from an injury severe enough to warrant treatment at a hospital.

What legal action should be taken after a person is attacked by a dog or other animal? FindLaw states that an owner can face a dog bite lawsuit and be liable for injuries if the victim can prove that the animal was dangerous and that the dog owner carelessly managed the animal.

Filing a Lawsuit in Georgia After Dog Bite Attack

According to The New York Times, 32 people in the United States died from a dog attack in 2009. Most of the victims in these canine attacks were children and the offending dogs were mostly Pit Bull terriers or Rottweilers.

Death by dogs might not be considered too common in the U.S, but animal attacks causing injury happens quite frequently all over the country. found that 1,000 Americans per day are treated in emergency rooms as a result of dog bites.