Lodi Dog Attack Highlights Many Issues
We extend our thoughts and prayers for a full and speedy recovery to the two victims of the dog attack.
A woman was walking in an alley while pushing a shopping cart with her 4-year-old grandson at the 500 block of Elm Street. The woman and her grandson were attacked by a brown pit bull. The child suffered injuries to the feet, ankles and lower legs. The grandmother suffered injuries to her left arm. The two were transported to the UC Davis Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The child received stitches due to the serious nature of his injuries. Officials confirmed that the grandmother and the young boy were both in stable condition during treatment.
When officers from the Lodi Police Department arrived at the scene of the dog attack, they located the suspect pit bull. The dog bit one of the officers, who was trying to contain the aggressive animal after the initial attacks were reported. Fortunately, a Lodi Animal Services Officer was able to apprehend the dog without further injuries or incident.
Lodi Animal Codes
Like most towns, Lodi has specific Municipal Codes governing, amongst other things, Animals at Large, Rabies Danger and Bites. Lodi’s animal codes are enforced by Animal Services, which operates the Shelter and responds to requests and reports from city residents.
As of this publication, agency officers were still trying to locate and contact the owner of the dog, which has been quarantined for a period of 10 days and will be evaluated for rabies. If disease-free, the agency will then decide upon a disposition for this canine.
Pet Owners Responsibility
Pet owners are responsible by law for containing their animals in an enclosed area or on a leash in the State of California. Further, they are liable for the display of aggressive behavior by their pets resulting in injury, nuisance or vicious animal situation. Owners must maintain their dogs with current rabies vaccines and appropriate tags documenting that status on their collar.
Who is Likely to Suffer a Serious Dog Bite Injury?
Dog Bite Rehabilitation for Children
A child’s ability to recover psychologically is not the same as that of an adult. Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) in children has been linked to dog bite injuries and attacks according to medical literature. Such injuries may result in a lengthy time of rehabilitation and recovery.
Medical Bills from Dog Bite Injuries
The costs of medical treatment from dog bite injuries can be quite high, especially when the incident resulted in emergency treatment. If the owner is not located and/or does not possess homeowner’s insurance, these losses will be absorbed by the nonoffending parties, such as the victims and the community.
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