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Child Severely Injured After Being Mauled By Pit Bull in Oceanside Home

By Ross Jurewitz on July 2, 2012

A six-year-old girl suffered extensive bite wounds to her face and head in a pit bull attack that took place on June 27 around 6:30 p.m. in an Oceanside apartment. According to Oceanside Police Lt. Leonard Mata, the child and her younger sister were taken to the home in the 100 block of Canyon Drive by their father and left alone inside the house with the pit bull and a German shepherd whole he went outside with friends to take groceries from a car.

On returning, the adults found the pit bull mauling the older girl and immediately pulled off the dog. Paramedics responding to this dog bite attack immediately transported the injured child to Rady Children’s Hospital for medical treatment.

Humane Society personnel took away the pit bull, which is expected to be euthanized. Because he left the children alone with the dogs, the father could face criminal charges for his actions.

A dog attack is a terrifying and traumatic experience for anyone, especially for such a young child. We wish the injured child all the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.

According to a study conducted by, during the three-year period from 2006 through the end of 2008, pit bulls were involved in a fatal dog attack every 21 days in the United States. From 2005 to 2011, pit bulls killed 128 people in the United States.

In this particular case, the pit bull’s owner may be held liable for the victim’s injuries and damages. Dog owners are fully responsible for the actions of their dogs. If not properly socialized and exercised, some large breeds are especially prone to aggressive behavior. Dogs can be especially threatening in groups. In addition, police are still determining whether to charge the child’s father with endangering the welfare of a child.

If you are a victim of a dog attack, it is not your fault. Contact an experienced Oceanside dog bite attorney at the Jurewitz Law Group to learn about how you can receive compensation for your injuries. Our dedicated legal team will get you what you need and make sure this never happens to anyone else. For a free assessment of your case, call our San Diego office toll-free at (888) 233-5020.

Ross Jurewitz

Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.

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