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Pittsfield Child Mauled in Pit Bull Attack

A nine-year-old Pittsfield, Massachusetts boy was seriously injured after being attacked by at least two pitbulls, reports the Berkshire Eagle. According to news reports, the dogs were in the common hallway of an apartment building, and attacked the boy when he opened the door. According to the boy's mother, there were three dogs involved in the attack, however police report that only two of the dogs participated.

According to news reports, the boy suffered lacerations to his face, head and arms, including a 3 inch by three inch injury to his scalp, as well as 35 puncture wounds from the dogs' teeth and nails. Further, the owner of the dogs was allegedly involved in a 2007 domestic incident that ended when he was attacked by his own pit bull.

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 140, Sec. 155 establishes that dog owners are liable for "any damage to either the body or property of any person," except trespassers. Massachusetts case law further provides for the possibility of landlord liability in pit bull cases because the breed is "commonly known to be aggressive." While a land lord will not be strictly liable for such an attack, "knowledge of that breed and its propensities may properly be a factor to be considered in determining whether the [landlords] were negligent under common-law principles." Nutt v. Florio, 75 Mass.App.Ct. 482 (2009).

Damages in dog attack cases range from medical bills, permanent scarring, and psychological injuries. In many cases, a dog owner will have home owner's, renter's or other insurance that may provide compensation for these damages. In Massachusetts, as described above, even a landlord may be held liable for damages caused by their tenant's dogs, which provides another option for victims.

If you or a loved one has been injured by an aggressive or dangerous dog, it is important that you contact a dog bite lawyer in order to protect your rights. The team of attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP represents injured individuals in both New York and Massachusetts. For a free consultation call 518-463-7784 today.

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