San Diego News10 reported that 21-year-old Richard Garrison and his brother John, 20, of Valley Center were viciously attacked by a pack of Pit Bulls on November 27, 2011. The dog attack happened while the brothers and three family members were jogging on a trail near Cobb Lane and Lake Wohlford. The victims’ brother Jarrod was quoted as saying, “My brother [Richard] said, ‘I’ll take care of the dogs.’ “They basically were eating him while they kept going.”
Jarrod believes that Richard saved the life of his 9-yeay-old daughter who was with the group. Both victims were flown to Sharp Hospital where Richard underwent surgery. According to the San Diego County Department of Animal Services all four dogs were impounded and euthanized at the request of the owner.
Applicable California law
According to the report the dogs’ owner could face criminal charges. In addition, the dogs owner will face claims for personal injury (see my prior Blog post San Diego Infant Mauled By Dogs for California law on Dog Bites). Hopefully the dogs’ owner has adequate insurance or other assets to adequately compensate the victims.
A family jog turns into a nightmare as a result of a vicious attack by unsupervised dogs. Dog bites can leave the victims permanently scared both physically and emotionally. If you or a loved one are the victims of an animal attack, seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney.