In the 1976 comedy, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Inspector Clouseau (played by Peter Sellers), notices a dog in the lobby after having just checked into a hotel. Clouseau makes a critical error as the following conversation ensues between him and the hotel clerk.
Does your dog bite?
[Looks up from reading the paper.]
[Reaching down to pet the dog.]
Oh, nice doggie.
[Dog ferociously barks and snaps at Clouseau, biting him in the hand.]
I thought you said your god does not bite!
That is not my dog.
As funny as that scene was in the context of a comedic film (one of AFI’s Top 100 funniest quotes of all time), Florida residents know all too well that when a someone’s dog or exotic pet really does attack, the damages can be very serious.
Over the years, several recorded accounts of attacks have occurred against Florida residents from the likes of Bull Mastiffs, Rottweiler’s, Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and even Labrador Retrievers. Unfortunately, dogs are not the only culprits of harmful attacks on people these days.
Over the past decade, south Florida has become home to several species of dangerous pets. A wide variety of exotic pets and other (non-canine) animals have killed or badly injured Florida residents and visitors. Some examples of these include an attack of yellow jackets from a neighborhood nest that should have been dealt with, a mountain lion escaping from a theme park and mauling a teenage girl, a diamond back rattlesnake biting a postal worker attempting to deliver a package, and a white tiger going on the attack on set of a rap music video, to name a few.
In cases where you’ve been attacked by someone’s pet, the liability for the incident likely lies with the owners of that pet, whether it’s a dog or an exotic pet that’s more difficult to domesticate. While home owners’ insurance may cover a portion of the damages, insurance companies will likely not fully compensate the dog bit victim, trying to make a case that the animal was provoked.
Still other animal attack injuries and deaths occur due to the negligence of an employer or the sanctuary charged with taking care of an animal that got loose. Any animal attack, whether by a neighbor’s dog, and exotic pet, or an animal in the wild, should be reported immediately. You must not allow the awkwardness of filing a police report on a friend or neighbor keep you from doing what’s right for you and your family.
If you or someone you care for has been injured or killed due to an animal attack, you need to contact Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert at Aventura, Florida Personal Injury Law Firm today. We can help you understand your rights and the prudent steps to take to pursue the fullest compensation for the damages that have occurred.