A Whidbey Island man, Jim Murdy, was bitten by a pitbull dog after it attacked his Welsh corgi on Thursday night.
According to a report by the Seattle PI.com, Murdy was working in his yard around 4pm when he went to check on his two small grandsons – ages 5 and 6– as they played in the yard. It was then that a pitbull that had escaped its owner’s yard attacked his dog.
Murdy hit and kicked the pitbull bit it still seemed intent on attacking his dog. Murdy’s wife, Sandi, hit the pitbull with a broom and it still attacked. Finally, Murdy took out his motorized hedge tool and cut the pitbull. When the pitbull kept attacking, Murdy grabbed it by the collar and that’s when he was bitten.
This is the second pitbull attack on the Island in two days. An Oak Harbor police officer, after responding to a report of an aggressive dog, shot and killed a pit bull just south of Oak Harbor a day earlier.
The Washington State Dog Bite Law was drafted to allow people who have been injured by dog to be able to collect damages. The law states:
The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a law firm that has a specialty in dog bite liability. With our help, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages including medical costs and for pain and suffering.