According to the Dayton Daily News, a woman in her 60s was attacked by a pack of dogs in her backyard. The dogs belonged to her neighbor, which were apparently drawn to the woman when they spotted her with her small dog.
Media reports state that the woman had just picked up her small dog when the pack forced its way through a sliding glass door and into her yard. The attack drew the attention of neighbors, who attempted to fight off the dogs using sticks and a lawn chair. Unfortunately, the dogs started circling the Good Samaritans and were hard to disperse.
Ultimately, the Hernando County Fire Rescue reported to the scene and was able to break up the attack. The dogs’ owner then managed to get them out of the yard so that personnel could help the injured victims. The 60-year-old woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Five other people were also injured by the dog attack, with two of them being taken to the hospital.
There is no word yet on what breed of dog was involved in the attack or anything about their history. Nor is there any information on whether the dogs’ owner will face criminal charges for the attack.
How to Protect Yourself in a Dog Attack
This recent attack is terrifying. Being swarmed by a pack of dogs is a life-threatening situation and different in kind from merely being bitten on the arm or leg.
But what should you do if attacked? People Magazine asked a dog behaviorist for her tips, which included:
- Protect your body with anything you have, such as your purse.
- Try to get to an elevated surface. If you have a table in your backyard, try and climb on top of it. If you are near your car, get onto the hood.
- Don’t turn your back on the dog, which increases your vulnerability.
You should also try to get the attention of neighbors for help. Although screaming might escalate the situation, it is your only way of drawing the attention of a Good Samaritan, who can help you fight off the dogs or, at a minimum, call emergency services.
Speak with a Miami Premises Liability Attorney
Florida law assigns liability for a dog bite to the owner. A homeowner’s insurance claim, or even a personal injury lawsuit, can help get you the compensation you need after an attack to cover medical bills and other financial losses. Speak to Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP today for a free consultation at 305-371-2692.