An 18-year-old woman was injured in a New Jersey dog attack when her own pit bull bit her more than 20 times. According to The Star Ledger, the dog bite incident occurred on Fernwood Terrace in Elizabeth. Officials say she was in her bedroom when her dog “went crazy” and starting biting her. She made it outside where someone called the police. A detective who responded to the call fatally shot the dog after it turned on him. The woman had no feeling in her right arm and couldn’t move one of her fingers. The dog reportedly attacked five people in Morris County in 2008 before being rescued by the woman.
Pit bull advocates often say that it is not the breed but the owner that makes a dog dangerous. While this may be true for many dogs, it appears that pit bulls are simply more capable of doing serious damage than other animals. According to DogsBite.org, pit bulls were responsible for 71 percent of all fatal dog bites in 2011 despite only making up five percent of the total United States dog population.
In the year 2011, eight dog owners were killed by their own pets. Seven of those fatalities involved a pit bull. Together, pit bulls (22 attacks) and Rottweilers (four attacks), the number two lethal dog breed, accounted for 84 percent of all fatal attacks in 2011. In the seven-year period from 2005 to 2011, this same combination accounted for 74 percent (157) of the 213 total recorded deaths.
Dog attack victims can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, loss of wages, hospitalization, cost of cosmetic surgery, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey dog attack, please call Princeton dog attack injury lawyers at the law offices of Lependorf & Silverstein at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.