College Park Animal Attack Lawyer
Last week, a young boy was tragically killed and another child seriously injured in Fulton County when they were attacked by a pit bull and a border collie on the way to school. In 2011, College Park amended its city codes to require more restrictions for owners with potentially dangerous dogs in an effort to prevent these kinds of devastating attacks. Unfortunately, despite the enactment of a variety of city ordinances, these types of attacks continue to occur at an alarming rate, so if you were injured by a dog or another animal in Georgia, you should consider speaking with an experienced College Park animal attack lawyer who can help you seek compensation for your losses.Potentially Dangerous Dogs
College Park’s 2011 amendments created the designation of “potentially dangerous dog,” an animal that is defined as any dog that bites a human being without provocation or that is classified as one of the following breeds:
- American Pitbull Terrier;
- American Staffordshire Terrier;
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier;
- Doberman; and
- German Shepherd.
These breeds must be kept in proper enclosures, which includes being confined indoors or securely enclosed outdoors in a locked pen, fence, or structure that will prevent the entry of young children and is designed to keep dogs from escaping. The enclosures also have specific requirements, as all pens must have secure sides and a roof, while fencing must be at least six feet high and secured by underground fencing or a concrete slab to prevent escape via digging. Finally, the owner of a potentially dangerous dog must post a “Beware of Dog” sign prominently on the property, secure a certificate of registration, and place a special identification tag on the dog’s collar. These tags and certificates must be obtained within seven days of moving the animal into the area or to a new location and will not be provided by authorities unless the owner can produce evidence of a $100,000 insurance policy or surety bond to cover injuries in the event of an attack, as well as proof that the animal has received an identification microchip implant.
Although owners of potentially dangerous dogs are required to fulfill these obligations, they do not always do so, which puts other members of the community at risk. Fortunately, when there is evidence that a dog owner failed to comply with city law, which resulted in an accident, he or she can be held accountable in court and required to pay damages to the victim, which could include compensation for medical bills and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.Contact an Animal Attack Attorney in College Park Today
If you were injured by someone else’s dog, or another animal, you may be feeling not only the pain of your injuries, but also the stress of mounting medical bills. No one should have to go through this alone, so if you want to learn more about your legal options, please contact the Angell Law Firm, LLC at (770) 217-4954 today to speak with an animal attack attorney serving College Park.