ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Two Texas dog owners were indicted this week on felony charges after their dogs attacked a woman and killed her dog this summer, according to news reports. Rochester dog bite attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say they’ve seen the scenario before and dog owners in New York can face hefty fines and sometimes, jail time after a serious dog bite.
“Owners can be liable for their dog’s actions and some owners even train their dogs to be vicious animals in Rochester,” dog bite attorney Steve Barnes said. “These dogs can inflict very serious injuries and it’s important that a victim takes the right steps to ensure a full recovery.”
The victim in Texas was attacked by four dogs and suffered injuries to her head, ears and body. According to her lawsuit, she’s seeking more than $1 million in damages and claims the city of Kyle, Texas should be held responsible as well.
The woman claims she called police and animal control several times before the attack but nothing was done to prevent it.
“A dog bite can be a serious and traumatizing situation for anyone and it’s usually preventable,” Barnes said. “Our lawyers fight against negligent pet owners and we will do everything we can to make sure people are held accountable for an injury.”
The City of Rochester maintains a Dangerous Dog Ordinance designed to regulate ownership and hold dog owners responsible for any harm caused by their pets. To view the city ordinance, click here.