Woman killed in Rottweiler dog attack

Sirlinda Hayles, a 66-year-old Columbia, South Carolina woman, was attacked and fatally mauled by two Rotweiller dogs as she stood in her garden says a report carried in The Seattle Times.

Hayes apparently worked daily in her garden and did not fear her neighbor’s dogs. The dog’s owner came to her aide and he was seriously injured in the dog attack.

Officers shot and killed the dogs when they arrived. According to reports, the there had been no previous reports of the dogs being vicious. It is not known whether there will be charges against the dogs’ owners. The family of the deceased seemed very forgiving about the attack while at the same time mourning the loss of their loved one.

Pit bull, Rottweilers and Presa Canarios dogs are responsible for nearly 75% of dog attacks and are responsible for 65% of the deaths according to a study by Merritt Clifton “Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, US and Canada, September 1982 to November 13, 2006.”

Approximately 16 people are killed every year across the United States in dog attacks. Washington State has a Dog Bite Law, RCW 16.08.040, which supports dog bite victims in seeking compensation in civil court for their damages.

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.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite injury, you should contact a personal injury attorney who has experience representing dog bite victims. At The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue, Washington based personal injury firm, we have more than 30 years experience in representing dog bite victims. With our help, you may recover compensation for your medical costs, rehabilitation costs and for pain and suffering. 

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