Postal Worker Seriously Injured from Dog Bite

Many shows and movies depict a universal and seemingly comical battle between postal workers and dogs. In real life, these battles are not so comical as Georgia Pacheco, a Miami postal worker, knows. CBS News in Miami reported the incident involving Pacheco and a supposed pit bull where Pacheco was severely injured from a dog bite. This dog behavior is not unheard of with pit bulls even though this behavior is uncommon when you consider all pit bulls. This sort of dog behavior is typically enhanced through neglect of the owner.

The dog, thought to be a pit bull but there is no hard proof, “Blue” attacked Pacheco while she was delivering mail in the Shenandoah area. There was little time for her to react when the nearly hundred pound dog lunged for her throat. Dog bites and dog attacks from pit bulls, especially those reared by neglectful owners or for fighting, can be deadly.

Severity of a Dog Bite
“You can see how I look, you can see how he left me; Thank God that I’m still alive,” Pacheco told CBS4 News. She sustained serious injuries to her shoulder, chest, and arms from the dog bite. Doctors were unable to stitch up many of the wounds for fear of infection. Given these serious injuries from such dog behavior, how should the dog and owner be held?

Dog Bites & Liability
Many states have particular laws for dog attacks. Dog bite lawyers assist you with knowing your rights given these specific laws. An even more alarming aspect of this incident is that there were fraudulent records for the dog “Blue” since pit bulls were not allowed in that area. It is a difficult decision as to what to do with the dog after such an incident. Dr. Sara Pizano, Director of Animal services said, “ We certainly could not adopt the dog out because it mauled someone. It could have potentially killed her had the owner not intervened.”

The owner of the dog had no comment to make about the incident but willingly gave up his rights to the dog which was put down that night. Unless the animal was deliberately provoked, there is no defense in a dog bite case under Florida law. The owner is absolutely liable no matter the breed.

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