Posted on Sep 20, 2014
Clayton County teen was attacked by three pit bulls while walking through a neighborhood. The boy suffered bite marks to his face, arms, and legs. The dogs were unrestrained in their front yard.
Despite legislation and community specific laws throughout the county, dog bites are still at an all-time high. According to the CDC:
- About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.1
- Almost one in five of those who are bitten, about 885,000, require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries; half of these are children.
- In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.
On May 3, 2012, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law the “Responsible Dog Ownership Law” which is covered by O.C.G.A 4-8-1 through 4-8-33. This law implements a clearer definition of the civil liabilities an owner faces by not keeping a dog restrained or fenced.
If you have been injured by a dog, please call the Law Offices of Shane Smith where an experienced attorney can review your case.