No one wants to think of a dog as a potential liability, but in certain cases that is just the truth of the matter. Property owners must consider the safety of their dogs and other pets before welcoming others onto their property. Even the most loving pets can snap and injure someone.
A baby boy was recently attacked in Ohio. A babysitter was caring for the 3-month-old when the attack occurred. The babysitter was watching the child at his own home. The sitter's 2-year-old Siberian Husky was also in the home at the time. It is unknown why the dog attacked the child, but reports indicate that the attack was unexpected. The boy suffered minor injuries and was flown to a hospital, but he is expected to recover.
The babysitter is now concerned about the safety of her own children, although she never worried before the attack. Even neighbors report that there was never a concern with safety around the Husky. The babysitter stated that the family was prepared to take necessary measures after the incident but did not go any further into details.
Victims of dog or animal attacks may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Property owners must abide by a certain standard of care and the owner's liability will likely hinge on whether or not the owner knew that the dog or animal had aggressive tendencies. Past behavior can be a major factor in determining liability. If a victim can prove liability, the property owner or dog owner may be responsible for paying medical bills and related expenses.
Source: WCPO 9 Cincinnati, "Infant flown to hospital following dog attack in Union Township, on road to recovery," Holly Pennebaker, Jan. 29, 2014