In the last few weeks, at least five people have been hospitalized in separate dog attacks in the Santa Ana River bottom.
In the first attack on July 26th, the victim Osvaldo Lopez was returning from fishing when he was attacked by two dogs underneath the Van Buren Bridge in Riverside. The dogs attacked him and bit him on his stomach, arms, and legs and all over the body. He struggled to fight with them for 30 to 40 minutes.
He had to be hospitalized for six days for his injuries. As per Lopez the owner of the two dogs is believed to be living in the homeless encampments in the area. A passerby saw the dogs attacking and called 911 to summon the paramedics. Lopez had lost a lot of blood and his blood pressure went down to 60/28.
Lopez said that the attack was so deadly that he was scared that he wouldn’t make it through. A week and a half post the incident there was another dog attack in the Santa Ana River bottom near Wilderness Avenue. Four people were attacked by a 3-year-old pit bull and had to be hospitalized.
Post the attack, the pit bull was seized by Riverside County Animal Services. The dogs responsible for attacking Osvaldo Lopez are still not caught and are on the loose.
John Welsh, a spokesperson for Riverside County Animal Services said that one of their biggest struggles in the River bottom area was that whenever they reached the place to catch the dogs, the dogs are gone. He said that many of the dogs are owned by people staying in the homeless encampments, but they are generally not on a leash.
Animal Services has started warning families heading down to the river to remain cautious because of the growing dog problem. The animal services are dealing with a lot of loose dogs, some of which are owned and some were previously owned. The dogs are nasty and uncontrollable. They have requested parents of toddlers to be careful to avoid any more dog attack incidents.
Certain breeds of dogs can be extremely dangerous. The U.S. sees millions of dog attacks every year that result in severe scarring, disfigurement, infections, and even death.
California is a strict liability state. It means that a dog owner can be held liable for an attack even if the dog had no previous history of aggression or had not bitten anyone before. They are liable to pay for the injuries and losses suffered by the victim of a dog attack or dog bite.
If you or your family member has been bitten or attacked by a dog, you have grounds to file a claim against the dog owner or another party responsible for the attack.
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