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Florida child, 4, mauled by pit bulls at meth house

imagesCA3883IT-thumb-333x452-37667Deputies in St. Cloud, Florida, say a 4-year-old girl is recovering days after being brutally attacked by two pit bulls at a home used to make methamphetamine.

Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in St. Cloud, Florida, where they found the young girl with bites and lacerations to her face, back and head that required more than 50 stitches.

The girl’s mother, 29 years old, was arrested on child neglect charges because she did not report the child’s injures. Someone who came to the house and saw the child, called for help. The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating.

Investigators found materials to make meth at the house and inside the homeowner’s truck.

What a lovely combination — a meth house, two pit bulls, a wonderful mother and her young daughter. Once again the pit bull breed is involved in another unprovoked attack leaving the victim with serious injuries.

Homeowner insurance policies usually cover bites by the owner’s dog. The law in Florida imposes strict liability upon the owners of dogs in the event that they bite some one. Frequently, the injuries are quite serious and in most every case a visit to the hospital emergency room is involved.

If you have suffered a dog bite, you may have a claim for damages which is covered by insurance. It is important to act promptly. You should contact the police and file a report. You should take pictures of your injuries and the dog if you can safely do so. Doing these things could go a long way to helping you recover for your medical bills, disfigurement and pain and suffering.

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Dangerous pit bull shot in Pompano Beach Hotel

Pitbull-Attacks[1]-thumb-333x333-37221A Broward Deputy shot and seriously injured a pit bull on Monday according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a call at America’s Best Inn in Pompano Beach found that a guest Cristiane Ferrreito Texeira, 43, had not paid her hotel bill and decided to barricade herself in her hotel room along with two dogs.

When deputies finally forced their way into the hotel room a pit bull lunged at a deputy and it almost made it to his neck,” according to BSO.

The pitbull was shot, critically wounded and taken to Coral Springs Animal Hospital. The other dog was taken to Pompano Beach Animal Control, she said.

According to BSO, Texiera was charged with defrauding an innkeeper and obstruction.

By now, most people except that those who own pit bulls would be wary of the breed. Miami-Dade County has even undertook to regulate the breed. It is time that the Broward County commission enacts a law to require all owners of pit bulls, either full or part bred, to carry liability insurance to protect the victims of these vicious attacks.

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Two Deerfield Beach children bitten by Pit Bull

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In less than one month, pit bulls have attacked several young children in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The mother of one of the young children attack believes that Broward County should enact a ban against this breed, similar to the one in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade’s law bans ownership of American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers or any other dog that exhibits the traits of these breeds.

The inherent difficulty in banning breeds like Pit Bulls is that very rarely are these dogs entirely purebred. Often they are a mix of American Staffordshire terriers with other types of dogs. Pit Bull lovers love to argue that these bans are unfair because they believe the violence these dogs commit is unrelated to the breed, but rather the result of bad owners,the evidence seems undeniable.

One victim this week was riding his bike near his Deerfield Beach home when he was bitten by a pit bull. The boy fled to a playmate’s home, where an adult was required to beat the animal off the boy. The young boy suffered a broken arm and wounds on his face and limbs that required at least 30 stitches.

Another child in Deerfield Beach was bitten by a Pit Bull, requiring a neighbor to shoot and kill the dog. Although the child will recover from her physical injuries, the emotional trauma will be much more difficult to overcome.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on its website that 885,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites every year, and that half of them are children. Of the injured, 31,000 require reconstructive surgery, the website says.

Broward County Animal Care and Adoption policy is that if a dog has a previous bite history and bites someone else, it could be euthanized under county law, pending appeal by its owner.

The CDC’s website states that Pit Bulls were responsible, more than any other breed of dog, for fatal dog bites to humans.

With each passing year, the problem of Pit Bulls becomes increasingly apparent. Both Broward County and the State of Floridaneed to find the political will to ban this aggressive breed from our streets and our children.

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Another pit bull attack sends two victims to Florida hospital

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Another vicious attack by a pit bull, the second in two days, sent two more victims to a Palm Beach County, Florida hospital.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports that a male pit bull bit a 39-year-old woman in Lake Worth as she returned one of its puppies to its litter. The “severe attack” happened at a mobile home in a trailer park. The woman’s hand and forearm were severely injured, the Sheriff’s Office said. The woman owns the pit bull who bit her, which had just fathered a litter of puppies in their home.

When another person tried to provide assistance , this person was also bitten.
Both victims were taken to Wellington Regional Medical Center. Animal control workers removed the dogs from the home.

When will the defenders of pit bull ownership wake up? While some of these dogs may indeed be non-violent, there is a disproportionate number which are extremely violent and capable of inflicting serious injuries, particularly on young children.

The Tennessee Legislature has considered legislation which would fine owners of pit bulls for the violent attacks of their dogs and required them to carry liability insurance for the victims of these dogs. The Florida Legislature should do the same.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

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Florida Legislature should enact new laws for dangerous dogs

414864032_78ec2192d4_z-thumb-333x250-11463The Tennessee State Legislature is considering new rules for dangerous dogs after a pit bull attack led to the death of an elderly man in Memphis. Two dogs mauled mauled a 71 year old man to death in July.

The proposed law in Tennessee would fine owners of dangerous dogs from $100 up to $25,000, depending on the violent background of the dog. The law being contemplated would fine owners for failing to have the required liability insurance as well as letting their dogs loose. The Tennessee legislature is also considering preventing convicted felons from owning certain violent breeds of dogs like pit bulls.

In Florida, the legislature has enacted a law imposing strict liability on dog owners in the event that their dog attacks someone. There is no requirement, however, that the owners have insurance for the damages that their dogs cause. Frequently, this leaves victims of an attack unable to recoup even their medical bills.

Currently in Florida, there is a patchwork of different laws which vary from county to county and city to city regarding the legal responsibility and insurance requirements for “dangerous” dogs. These laws vary on what types of dogs are covered (i.e., pit bulls, staffordshire terriers) and how much, if any, insurance is required. Lastly, the penalties for non-compliance are different.

There is no reason for owners of dangerous dogs like pit bulls to be able to escape responsibility for the injuries that their dogs cause, depending upon which Florida city they live in. If the Florida legislature wants to put politics aside, this should be a relatively simple issue to address.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Florida law targets Pit Bulls

3615297732_1bf12314f1-thumb-333x231A bill is pending before the Florida legislature in Tallahassee which could make it more difficult for people to own pit bulls and impose tighter regulations on owners. This bill represents a response by Florida politicians to numerous citizen reports of attacks by pit bulls. Legislators are proposing a bill that would give communities the right to regulate dogs based on breed and the target is pit bulls. Cities and municipalities could require pit bull owners to purchase additional insurance or even have their dogs wear muzzles when they are out in public.

Currently the cities of Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale do not have laws on their books which are capable of regulating the ownership of pit bulls differently from other more docile breeds.

Critics of the bill, not surprisingly, are pit bull owners and conservative republicans who believe in less governmental regulation. Their argument is that essentially we should not believe our “lying eyes” — pit bulls are just gentle, lovable creatures like golden retrievers. They argue that the reason for the apparent disproportionate number of pit bull attacks is soley because of the owners and that any aggressive behavior is not inherent to the breed. Pit bull proponents apparently believe that the numerous pit bull attacks that we read about in the paper are the result of incompetent owners or are simply exagerrated.

“Let’s do more important things than that,” said Kim Godin, a pit-mix owner, who dismisses the purpose of the proposed legislation. If you are familiar with the violent propensities of the breed, it is hard to imagine that protecting children and others from the serious injuries that can result from these kinds of attacks is “unimportant.”

Florida law does not presently permit cities like Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood to amend their municipal codes to target dangerous breeds like pit bulls. Florida has had a ban on breed-specific laws since 1990. The inability to enact dog specific rules for owners effectively prohibits cities in Broward County and elsewhere from impodinh reasonable requirements for pit bull owners such as purchasing insurance for their dogs in the event that they attack someone.

The time for turning a blind eye to these types of attacks is running out. There are far too many pit bull complaints by Florida citizens for the legislature to continue to do nothing. The pending bill will make Florida’s streets safer for families. For those individuals who insist that only a cuddly pit bull puppy (rather than some other breed of dog) can fulfill their need for “man’s best friend,” then it is time for you to take some responsibility in the event your dog bites some one else.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.