The American Pit Bull Terrier, commonly known as the Pit Bull, originates from England and is a mix between Old English Terriers and English Bulldogs. This particular dog breed was originally trained to be catch dogs, or dogs that catch large animals such as cattle and hogs. Pit Bulls were also used for hunting.
Today, Pit Bulls are known to be companion dogs despite their aggressive behavior. With thick skulls, powerful jaws, and muscular legs, it is no wonder that victims of Pit Bull dog bites can sustain severe injuries that may even result in death.
In the 1800s, Pit Bills were forced to fight bears and bulls in a practice called bull baiting. Eventually, this practice was banned, although the breed is sometimes still bred for purposes of illegal dog fighting. In present times, Pit Bulls may attack or become overly aggressive if they are improperly trained, if they feel threatened, or if they feel the need to protect their home or owner.
Although Pit Bulls only comprise of approximately 5% of the dog population in the United States, dog attacks involving Pit Bulls are usually highly publicized due to the extensive damages that these dogs can cause.
Determining Liability in Pit Bull Dog Attacks
Leash laws and dog bite laws vary per state. Generally, however, if a Pit Bull owner is aware of the dog’s aggressive or vicious tendencies, then he or she is responsible for warning other individuals of the dog’s dangerous nature. The dog owner is also responsible for preventing the dog from access to the general public. If a Pit Bull attacks or bites another individual, then the dog owner is responsible for the victim’s medical bills, and other related expenses.
Hiring An Attorney
If you or someone dear to you has been bitten or hurt by a Pit Bull, it is crucial that you seek medical attention and that you consult with experienced dog bite attorney Scott Grossman at (732) 625-9494 as soon as possible.