This blog is about one of those cases I am probably going to remember for the rest of my life.
I represented an adorable 6 year old girl who was seriously injured in a dog attack. She was bitten in the face and head by a huge, oversized, vicious Rottweiler.
We investigated the case and found that the owner of the dog had the dog pursuant a breeder's contract, or breeding agreement. She got the dog for free from a commercial kennel with the agreement that she would periodically bring the dog back to the kennel for breeding purposes.
The owner of the dog wasn't set up to safely own a dog of this type. She was a grandmother who worked all day and lived alone. This meant that the dog was home alone in the house all day. The owner had no way of knowing how to keep the dog otherwise.
Because of the way she kept the dog, the dog developed an extremely protective nature and aggressive temperament toward strangers. That was why the dog attacked the little girl.
We sued the kennel that gave the dog to the woman claiming that they were negligent for not making sure that the woman was properly educated on how to raise the dog, how to handle the dog, or how to treat the dog so that the dog would be a well-behaved, safe pet.
The kennel basically gave her the dog without any instruction and just told her if she brought the dog back to be bred, she could have the dog for free after a period of time.
This case was vigorously defended by the kennel and the kennel's insurance company. They did not want to settle the case.
As we developed our evidence by using some of the best experts in the country in the fields of animal behavior, dog training and dog handling, the defendants saw that if they went to trial, they were in for a lot of trouble.
We were able to settle the case prior to trial. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but it was an extremely substantial settlement for the little girl.
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