A Salt Lake man and his 6-year-old grandson remain hospitalized after experiencing a dog attack on Sunday. Lamont Kinder and his grandson, Dominick Rangel, were walking their chihuahua near 100 E. Herbert Ave., when two pit bulls escaped from a fenced yard and attacked them.
Kinder worked to protect his grandson during the dog attack and he experienced the worst injuries. He underwent reconstructive surgery on Monday because of multiple bites and a lost ear. His grandson also received a bite to his ear and multiple puncture wounds to his abdomen. However, even the chihuahua survived despite significant injuries
The owner of the dogs is being very cooperative and allowed the dogs to be impounded. Both of the animals were euthanized on the owner’s request.
Utah Dog Attack Laws
The neighbors have said that the pit bulls were “fence aggressive,” meaning they would bark at people as they passed by, but they had never attacked anyone before. However, when dealing with owner liability, this fact does not matter in the state of Utah.
The Utah Dog Bite & Attack Handbook, written by the Salt Lake dog bite attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm, explains that dog owners are liable for injuries their dogs inflict—even if it was the dogs first incident. It is not necessary to prove that a dog has shown previous aggressive behavior in order to file a dog bite claim.
This means that owners should be very aware if their dog has more aggressive behavior, such as with pit bulls, because if a child gets attacked, the statute of limitations does not expire until that child turns 18.
Dog Attack Attorneys Information
Dogs make great pets, but they are still animals, so they can be unpredictable. If you need to file a dog bite claim, an attorney can help make the process easier. For a free copy of The Utah Dog Bite & Attack Handbook or a no-obligation consultation concerning your dog attack injury case from the attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm call 801-506-0800.