A 60-year-old woman has been charged with criminal contempt for failing to get rid of two African Boerboel dogs that were involved in multiple dog bite attacks. According to a news report in The Jersey Journal, the dogs were taken into custody following an incident in January in which the aggressive animals attacked the woman’s husband. The two dogs were previously saved from being put down following an attack back on May 15, 2009. The woman failed to send the two dogs away as required by the court. This failure to obey the judge’s ruling put everyone in her neighborhood in danger of being attacked by her vicious dogs.
Not only can dog owners potentially face citations from the authorities for the actions of their dogs, but they can also face civil litigation from anyone injured by their pet. According to New Jersey law: “The owner of any dog which shall bite a person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
Dog bite victims often suffer lacerations, puncture wounds, scratches, and even broken bones in an attack. They are typically left with permanent physical scars and severe emotional trauma. Injured victims of New Jersey dog bite attacks may pursue financial compensation for losses including hospital bills, lost wages, cost of cosmetic surgery, and even psychological counseling.
The Princeton dog bite attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein serve all of New Jersey. We make sure that injured victims of dog bite attacks receive fair compensation for the damages they have suffered after they are bitten by a dog in New Jersey. To discuss your legal rights and options following a dog bite, call our law offices at 609-240-0040. We offer no-cost consultations to injured victims and their families.