(February 28, 2023) Christian Alexander Moreno has been charged with criminal negligence after his pit bulls mauled an 81-year-old man to death. According to San Antonio Express-News, first responders, including firefighters, responded to the call around 2 p.m. on February 24, 2023, and found the man being dragged across the street by the dogs. They rescued him and his wife, who was also mauled, and transported them to the hospital, where the man later passed away. One of the relatives the couple was visiting and a firefighter captain were also treated for injuries sustained during the rescue, but they were later released along with the man’s 74-year-old widow. Unfortunately, this is not the first time those dogs have been involved in an animal attack, and the owner did not take the proper steps to secure the animals in spite of this.
Did You Know?
Children account for nearly half of all dog bites requiring medical attention in the United States. That’s roughly 400,000 children each year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Source: Texas DSHS.
Dog Attacks in Texas
Most of the time, dogs are not inclined to attack and maul people. Half of the time, the animal is provoked into attacking by basic motions a human would not find threatening, but this is not always the case. Regardless, owners of animals have a responsibility to keep their animals contained so that, provoked or not, the animals are not able to attack anyone. Additionally, dog owners have a responsibility to properly expose and train their animals so that they do not respond to basic activities this way. Unfortunately, as was the case in this most recent tragic story, owners often do not take this responsibility seriously. As a result, dog attacks result in financial loss, personal injury, and sometimes wrongful death for millions across America.
Dog Attack Injuries
Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable age groups for dog attack injuries and subsist more than half of all reported cases. Postal workers also make up a large number of report cases. Personal injuries sustained in dog attacks range in severity and include:
- Head trauma, either from falling or directly from the animal,
- Scarring and cuts,
- Bone fractures, especially for those with weaker bones, such as very small children and the elderly,
- Loss of vision, and
- Emotional damage and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Victims of dog bite attacks are often left struggling with expensive medical bills while recovering. Emotional damage can also be quite severe and require long and expensive recovery for young children who have gone through such a traumatizing event. This is why it is important to hire legal services to help you if you or a loved one have been a victim of an animal attack in San Antonio.
Dog Attack Attorneys in San Antonio
If you or your family member is one of the millions of Americans who have suffered personal injury, wrongful death, or financial loss due to a dog attack in San Antonio or the surrounding area, contact Carabin Shaw’s dog attack lawyers today at 800-862-1260. We’ve been representing those injured by animals in San Antonio for thirty years, and we care. Contact us today to see if you have a case.