Milo, a 3-year-old pointer-hound mix, was euthanized after its owners signed over control of the animal to town officials in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The dog, already facing a death sentence for biting a child, sent another teenage girl to the hospital recently. Mansfield selectmen had already ordered that the dog be put down, but the dog was allowed to stay with its owners during a 10-day appeal period. It was during this period that the dog attacked again.
In the earlier attack in January, Milo bit a 6-year-old boy, according to Mansfield police. The boy needed more than 400 stitches to repair the gashes on his face.
Under Massachusetts law, the owner of a dog who bites another person and causes injuries, is held to a strict liability standard. This means that the owner is responsible for damages caused by the animal, regardless of whether the owner was negligent. Different jurisdictions and states have varying dog bite laws, with different standards. If you have been injured by a dog, be sure and seek medical treatment immediately to assure that you receive the proper immunizations and care. The attorneys at Swartz & Swartz PC are available to discuss your rights at any time.
If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries at the result of a dog bite, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.