Far too often, there are reports of “man’s best friend” inflicting serious injuries, especially when that best friend is a breed that has a reputation as being dangerous. When these types of dogs attack, victims can suffer permanent disfigurement along with emotional scars. Though several Arizona communities have enacted laws that restrict ownership of potentially dangerous breeds, these frightening attacks occur far too frequently.
It was reported that a Staffordshire Terrier belonging to NFL quarterback, Dak Prescott, will have to be relocated to another jurisdiction after attacking a neighbor last month. According to the report, two of the athlete’s pets escaped his home and were involved in a fight with a neighboring woman’s dog. When she intervened to save her pet, the 90-pound animal turned on her. She received a bite to her hand that resulted in the loss of one of her fingers.
The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. One of the dogs was returned to Prescott, but the pet that inflicted the injury was taken into the custody of animal control. The dog, whose name is Icon, was to be the subject of a hearing that would determine whether it should be considered a “dangerous animal” and face either certain restrictions or be put down.
Prescott came to an agreement with city officials that would spare the dog’s life but will require him to relocate the pet outside of the city. He has not been criminally charged in connection with the attack, and it is unclear whether he will face any fines or citations. Unfortunately, the victim will have a permanent reminder of the attack in the form of her missing digit. Arizona victims who have endured a vicious attack may also suffer disfigurement and scarring that will forever impact their lives. They may have a basis for seeking recovery of their monetary damages by means of a civil lawsuit.