The other night when I was jogging on a trail in the neighborhood, I was startled when a pit bull started barking at me and tried to jump the fence. It was really agitated and tried to escape from its backyard. As the dog aggressively clawed and attempted to climb his way up the fence, the fence shook and looked like it would not hold the dog in much longer. So I ran as fast as I could in the event that the fence broke and the dog got loose.
As I continued my jog, I couldn’t help but think that one day that fence is going to give and that dog is going to attack and bite someone. This type of situation happens all the time, and we hear it on the news. Dogs often escape from their fenced in yard and attack someone.
Over the summer, there have been numerous dog attacks due to dogs escaping from their fenced in backyards. In July, a pit bull labrador retriever mix attacked two 12 year old boys after it escaped from its yard in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Apparently, the dog previously attacked other people on 2 other occasions, one in 2010 and another in 2011. *Source: www.northjersey.com
In May, a Plainfield, New Jersey woman was viciously attacked by 2 American bulldogs that escaped from a backyard enclosure. According to witnesses, the dogs repeatedly bit and lunged at the victim. The dogs were shot dead by the police. *Source: www.dailynews.com
In New Jersey, dog owners are “strictly liable” for injuries caused by their dogs in dog attacks pursuant to New Jersey Statute Annotated Section 4:19-16. See New Jersey Dog Attacks: Dog Sitters & Walkers Can Sue Owners For Injuries & Damages From Dog Bites.
Therefore, in these two above dog attacks in NJ, the owners may be found liable for the injuries sustained by the dog bite victims regardless of whether the dogs attacked or bit another person before.
If dog owners leave their dogs in the backyard, they need to make sure that the fence is strong enough to keep their dogs on their property. Owners need to be vigilant and periodically check the fence’s condition in order to properly contain their dogs.
If you were injured in a dog attack in NJ, feel free to contact Dan O’Brien, an experienced NJ dog bite injury lawyer to discuss your case @ 877.944.8396. Dan offers a free initial consultation.
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