Earlier this year, we wrote about a 63 year old woman who was mauled to death by four dogs. Recently, it was reported that the owner of those four dogs was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the second-degree murder of Pamela Devitt.
The owner of the dogs, Alex Jackson of Littlerock, CA, was found to be keeping the dogs, along with a firearm, to protect his marijuana growing operation on his property. This, along with the unprovoked nature of the attack, led to the murder conviction.
Although a murder conviction is rare for the owner of a dog who has killed someone, it is an important reminder that dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs.
As a result of this dog bite death, Mike Antonovich, Supervisor of Los Angeles County’s 5th District successfully spearheaded an effort to tighten the grip on dangerous dogs. A dog’s bite can now subject its owner to a $1,000 fine or 6 months in jail. This new ordinance has expanded the definition of a vicious dog to include those that have bitten or injured an animal.
As a dog owner, it’s important to take every measure possible to ensure your dog will not bite a person or another dog. This can be achieved through professional training, among other methods.
If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, it’s important to talk to an experienced dog bite attorney. You can contact us at 800-676-5295. We have nearly four decades of experience representing dog bite victims and can help you determine the best course of action.