When unexpectedly harmed, victims who have suffered as the result of a dog bite injury may have legal recourse and options to consider. In a nearby community east of Worcester, an aggressive dog recently attacked another dog and the dog’s owner, killing the dog and inflicting injuries on the dog’s 83-year-old owner.

The 44-year-old owner of the aggressor dog was walking his 8-year-old dog when the animal attack occurred. The 10-year-old victim dog was killed and the dog’s owner suffered dog-bite injuries while attempting to break up the attack. The owner of the aggressor dog was allegedly unable to bring his dog under control because he was on roller blades. The 83-year old owner of the dog that was killed was injured in his arm while trying save his dog.

Animal control responded to a call and emergency medical personnel treated the injured man. Police sought to remind dog owners of the importance of controlling their dogs in the event that animals become aggressive. Authorities advise that owners should involve themselves in situations where they cannot maintain control of their animal.

Massachusetts’ law holds animal owners strictly liable for any injuries their animals inflict. This means that regardless of the circumstances, a pet owner is liable for any injuries caused in a dog attack. Victims of an animal attack may suffer serious injury, physical pain and emotional pain. Because of this, victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering damages, as well as other damages depending on the circumstances.

Source: Wicked Local Wareham, “State police respond to dog attack on Wollaston Beach,” June 26, 2014