A scary story coming out of Ohio is a good reminder for pet owners to remember that animals are not always predictable. No matter how much owners trust their pet companions, animals can create an unsafe situation for owners and guests alike.
According to the local county sheriff's office, two people were hurt during an attack by a boxer-mix dog at an animal shelter in Port Clinton, Ohio. Authorities did not release the conditions of the victims.
Reports from the scene of the attack describe one victim with profuse bleeding and serious injuries. The incident occurred a little after 9 p.m.
The sheriff's office responded to a call and arrived to the scene only to be confronted by the same boxer-mix dog. The dog apparently would not allow them access to the victim. The sheriffs had to shoot the dog in order to help the victim. The dog was euthanized at a later time.
Property owners are under a legal duty to keep their property safe for anyone visiting. In order to abide by the accepted standard of care, property owners must regularly check for dangerous conditions and keep the premises free of dangerous conditions.
Dangerous conditions, as this story highlights, includes animals. If a property owner has a dog or pet that it knows poses a risk to outsiders, a person injured by the animal on the property may be able to take legal action against the owner. Owners can reduce their liability exposure by posting warnings to indicate hazards or aggressive animals. If not, then the owner may have to pay for any injuries that result from the dangerous condition or dog attack.
Source: Toledo Blade, "2 people bitten by dog at Port Clinton shelter," Feb. 13, 2013