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Is Your Babysitters Dog Safe?


When you send your child to spend time at a babysitters home, you must make sure your child is safe from any dogs owned by the babysitter. There are around 4 1/2 million dog bites reported each year. Almost one in every five dog bites requires medical attention, that’s around 885,000 dog bites per year.

Don’t put your child in a dangerous situation. Check with the babysitter, and then check with your local county authority to make sure no dog at the babysitters address or next door has ever been aggressive. “Dogs with histories of aggression are not suitable for households with children,” as per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

The CDC also suggests, “Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog.” The second quote makes no reference to aggressiveness, it means “alone with a dog, period. The article in the Mercedsunstar.com “Delhi toddler dies after pit bull attack” is the reason I had to alert parents to the dangers that could exist at your babysitters home.

This incident involved the mauling of a 17 month old child by a 65 pound pit bull terrier. The incident began around 9:30 in the morning on a Friday when a woman called 911. The woman was screaming hysterically, when suddenly the emergency line went dead. Sheriff’s deputies were alerted and went to the residence to make sure everything was ok. Upon arriving , the officers observed blood on the doorstep at the callers residence. The caller was gone.

Vicious Pitbull Attack

The babysitter had hung up the phone, put the child in her car and was proceeding to drive erratically to the hospital, she was consequently pulled over by deputies in route. The deputies immediately contacted paramedics who took the child from the traffic stop at the side of the road to Turlock Emanuel Hospital.

There were no other children involved in the attack and it is still not clear whether the babysitter and the child were related. Animal control officers took the pit bull into custody. The babysitter said the pit bull attacked the child and carried the toddler around the yard. The babysitter  stabbed the dog several times with a fork to make it release the child, she then called 911.

Unfortunately the child died shortly after arriving at the hospital. The child’s parents were notified of the tragic attack. For the complete story click here, pitbull attack. In case your wondering who would be at fault in this instance, the following is the California “dog bite law.”

California’s Civil Code Section 3342 states:

“The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”

The law goes on to define who is lawfully on ‘private property.’ “A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this sectionwhen he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner.

Don’t let this happen to your child. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite in California, you should contact a California dog bite attorney right away to protect your rights. Contact us now at The Law Offices of Nadrich and Cohen, we can help you.

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