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Dog Owners Are Responsible for Their Dogs

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Las Vegas pet owners are required by law to be responsible for their dogs. In addition to making sure that they have required vaccinations, dog owners also must keep animals properly restrained. A dog bite or attack can happen in a moment’s notice, even with a dog that has never shown signs of aggression before, which is why ensuring that a dog is safely indoors or properly leashed is absolutely essential. If you have been injured from an attack by another’s dog, an attorney should be consulted immediately in order to ascertain whether or not there are grounds for a personal injury case.

Even a single dog bite can bring numerous medical complications. Multiple dog bites can be even more serious. Whether a dog bite results in stitches, broken bones, injury to internal organs, or some other issue, the medical expenses associated with such injuries can be extensive, to say nothing of the pain and suffering that such injuries can bring. This is why is it incumbent upon dog owners to ensure the safety of others by being responsible in restraining their dogs.

An example of why dogs are not free to simply roam about occurred recently when a 13-year-old boy had to be hospitalized following a dog attack. The young man, seventh-grader Justin Curtis, was riding his bike and had stopped at an intersection when two dogs ran toward him. The boy saw them coming toward him at a fast pace and knowing that he could not ride quickly enough to outrun them, hoped that they were friendly. The dogs, however, began biting his legs and were eventually able to bring the boy to the ground. Justin was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Just moments after the attack that injured Justin, another victim received a dog bite from one of the dogs. That victim, Roy Leven, was attempting to restrain the dogs before the police arrived, when he sustained a dog bite on one of his legs. According to the police report, the two Australian Shepherds had escaped from their owner’s home through an open window. The dogs have since been impounded.

Stories like Justin’s serve as a reminder to all Las Vegas residents of the necessity of consulting with a dog bite attorney anytime an attack has occurred. Neither Justin nor his family should have to be responsible for medical bills and other costs stemming from an injury for which Justin was totally innocent. When a dog bite impacts your life because a dog owner did not act responsibly, consult with a Las Vegas dog bite attorney to get the help you need in order to obtain whatever justice you may be due.

If you have suffered injuries in a Las Vegas dog bite, Lawlor Winston White & Murphey can help you can get the compensation you need. Your Las Vegas dog bite attorney will vigorously pursue all of the benefits to which you are entitled. Visit our website today at or call our offices at 702.659.9500 or toll-free 877.267.6022 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. If you’re concerned that you can’t afford the services of a Las Vegas dog bite attorney, rest assured that we work on a contingency basis—you don’t pay us until you receive compensation from any insurance companies involved.

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