Another pit bull attack, another mauled teen….Last Sunday night Yaleniee Martinez was walking her pet chihuahua in her Hialeah apartment complex when they were both attacked by a white pit bull.
Bitten in Several Places
The young girl claims that the pit bull ran out of his house and suddenly charged against her and her smaller pet without provocation. The larger dog managed to pin her against a parked car and bite her multiple times in the face, hand and upper thigh. She was subsequently treated at Palmetto General Hospital and released.
While Hialeah police confirmed the attack, officials from Miami Dade Animal Services stated that the pit bull is being monitored for rabies and had shown no signs so far.
Pit Bulls Are Illegal in Miami Dade
Just a couple of weeks ago Miami Dade voters decided to keep in place a pit bull ban that has been in force in the county since 1989, after a dog thought to be a pit bull ripped apart the face of a 8-year-old in Kendall. There was organized opposition to keeping the ban by residents that feel it unfairly discriminates against pit bulls. Among the opponents was Jamie Buehrle, wife of Miami Marlin’s pitcher Mark Buehrle. The Buehrle family established in Broward County after learning that their pit bull, Slater, could not live in Miami Dade.
However, an overwhelming 63.2 percent of residents voted to keep the ban in place. Moreover, another effort to abolish the ban, that time in the Florida Legislature, was cut short by a group of Miami Dade County commissioners claiming it infringed on the county’s home rule authority.
According to Miami Dade County Animal Services the owner of the dog has five days to claim it before they euthanize it. Moreover, the owner could be fined up to $1,645.00 for the dog being loose in the street, attacking a person and another animal, as well as for violating the pit bull ban.
The Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Can Help
Regardless of what condition you were left in after being attacked by a dog, one of your first thoughts should be to hire an attorney. Even if incapacitated and unable to make contact yourself, you should ask a friend or relative to contact a lawyer with experience handling animal attack cases so that the attorney can help you recover any compensation you may be owed. Insurance companies for the owner of the dog will promptly have their own lawyers and investigators working very hard by collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses from the moment the attack was reported to them. You should have someone working as hard for you too…
If you or a loved one have been the victims of an animal attack, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. With more than 75 years of combined experience, the Miami Dade County Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano, have helped thousands of victims of accidents, including dog attacks, recover the funds they were owed.
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