The owner of a pit-bull that attacked and bit five people in Parsippany is asking the court to spare his dog saying that the dog attack outside a public library was provoked, the New Jersey Star Ledger reports. The owner also told the municipal judge he was sorry about the injuries his dog caused and that he would build a fence in the interest of public safety to keep the pit-bull within his property on Lake Hiawatha.
The dog owner, Ricardo Cotto, appeared in court to plead not guilty to three charges stemming from the April 2 new jersey pit-bull attacks. The victims supposedly suffered moderate bite injuries and were treated and released from the hospital. Cotto told the judge that the dog attack was not his pit-bull’s fault, but that of the passers by who provoked the animal.
But the victims tell a horrifyingly different story. One of the victims, 53-year-old Niculae Tudorache described the attack to the newspaper saying how he had tried to pull the dog off another victim only to have the pit-bull bite him on his leg before attacking his 13-year-old daughter.
The victims in this case are extremely lucky to have got away with superficial bites. As New Jersey dog bite attorneys, we’ve seen clients who have suffered severe bites that required plastic surgery to fix. Regardless of the severity of the injuries, in the state of New Jersey, dog owners are liable for their dogs’ attacks on humans. It doesn’t matter whether or not the owners knew in advance that their dogs would attack. The only cases where the owner can escape liability is if the victim trespassed on the owner’s property with the intention of committing a crime or if he or she provoked the animal or if the dog was under someone else’s watch at the time of the attack. Even in such cases, owners may be held partially liable for the attack.
An experienced and knowledgeable New Jersey dog bite injury lawyer can help evaluate your case. You may be entitled to compensation for all your injuries, medical bills, reconstructive surgery, lost wages, ongoing psychological therapy, permanent disability and even wrongful death. If you or a loved one has suffered from a dog attack call an experienced dog bite attorney from Lependorf & Silverstein today. We’ll evaluate your case for free.