Thank You, Connecticut Animal Control Officers!

Animal control officers in Connecticut do more than catch stay dogs.  In fact, they often risk their health and lives protecting both the public and neglected and abused animals.  Because of this, the National Animal Control Association has made a national effort to highlight the work these dedicated professionals do.

Though the week has passed there is no reason why the public cannot still act and thank their local officer.  In Connecticut, animal control officers  not only capture dangerous dogs and save starving horses, they also run shelters for abused and neglected animals that are part of a current investigation.  Their large animal rehabilitation facility is known for its superb care and treatment of the horses and other large animals who are housed there.

What can you do to show your appreciation?  The NACA suggests organizing a lunch event for local officers.  Other ideas include sending flowers, balloons, treats or cards to officers.  Anything you do to show you appreciate the work animal control officers do is welcome.

As a law firm that specializes in dog bites in Connecticut, the staff and attorneys of Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren understand the crucial role animal control officers play in the prevention of dog attacks and the rescue of neglected and abused animals.  Please do your part- Thank an animal control officer today!

 

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Taking a Bite Out of Dog Attacks and Animal Cruelty in Connecticut

Knowledge is power.  Bridgeport, Conn. animal control officer Jimmy Gonzalez is one of many who work to inform and empower school children about dog bite prevention and animal cruelty.  Each time Gonzalez speaks with a class, roughly half of the students admit  that they have been bitten by a dog.  Yet only a few say that they have reported the bite to a parent or the authorities.  He also reports that too many children are exposed to animal cruelty, even dog fighting.

Because of this, Gonzales, along with legislators such as Rep. Brenda Kupchick, are asking that Connecticut develop a curriculum on the humane treatment of animals for public schools.  The curriculum would be aimed at not only recognizing and preventing animal cruelty, but also teach children how to avoid being bitten by a dog.

For example, Gonzales always asks classes what to do if you see an aggressive dog.  The answer is always the same.

“Every kid says it: ‘run,'” Gonzales said. “Even some of the teachers say it.”

However, this is the wrong answer.  The right thing to do is to be a tree.  This means standing very still, putting your hands on your chest and tilting your head down to avoid eye contact.  The vast majority of the time the dog will lose interest and walk away.

Only time will tell if the measure will pass and become part of Connecticut’s curriculum.  Until then, our dog bite attorneys urge you to speak with your children about how to avoid dog bites and prevent animal cruelty.  Doing so may very well prevent a serious dog bite or attack.

 

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Dog Killed After Biting New Owner: The Controversy Continues

Buddy was adopted by a Middlefield woman.  Two days later he was dead, shot by her live-in boyfriend for allegedly biting her twice.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with the local Humane Society, remain outraged that the new adoptive owner took such drastic measures.

However, Connecticut law is on side of the owner and her boyfriend.  In addition to the fact that owners may kill their dog after an attack or severe bite, the new owners were not made aware that the dog had a bite history.   Police say that this exposed them to harm and makes the woman a victim, not a criminal.

The investigation showed that after the bite incidents the owners called the rescue group who fostered Buddy but he was not immediately removed from the home.  Police believe that the foster group should have turned him over for a 14-day quarantine as soon as they knew about the bites.

Both the Connecticut Humane Society and the foster group say they will be taking steps to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.  They say that they will now get references from all who will be in contact with the dog.

The dog bite attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the former owner is recovering from the bites and that a resolution can be found for this contemptuous case.

 

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Dog that Bit Elderly Brooklyn, Conn. Resident in Quarantine

An elderly person was walking on Ventura Drive near the intersection of Fortin Drive when a medium -sized tan dog attacked.  Though information is limited it was reported that the dog was a tan pit-bull type dog.  The incident took place on November 3 in Brooklyn, Conn.

The Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, part of a system of regional councils throughout New England, was responsible for ensuring that the dog was placed under quarantine.  In Connecticut any dog who bites or attacks, if found, must be placed under quarantine.  This type of quarantine generally lasts 14 days.

John Filchak is the executive director of the council and was responsible for issuing a public news release concerning the incident.  Information that led to the apprehension of the dog was received days after the bite.

No information was available as to the identity of the dog’s owner or if any charges will be filed.

In Connecticut the owner of any dog who bites or attacks is strictly liable for any injuries or damages that arise from the incident.  Dog owners are responsible for keeping their pet in control at all times.  This includes dogs that escape their enclosure, are on a walk or are let free to roam the neighborhood.  Dog bites can be serious events, especially when multiple wounds require ongoing medical care.

The dog bite attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the victim is on his way to making a full recovery from his injuries.

 

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Who is responsible for a dog bite or attack in Conn.?

If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog you are likely in the process of deciding what to do about filing a personal injury suit against the dogs’ owner.  Though the laws pertaining to dog attacks in Connecticut are like many states, there are things to consider when choosing an attorney and suing the dogs’ owner.

If you have been attacked, and the attack caused damage to your body or your property,the owner of the dog is strictly liable.  The only exception to this law is when the person who was injured was trespassing,  teasing, abusing or tormenting the dog.

Another thing that your lawyer will have to consider is if the dogs’ owner has homeowners insurance.   If not, and if they do not have any assets to compensate the injured party, then how will you be compensated for your medical bills, missed work and suffering?  In some cases, a landlord can be held responsible for the attack.  If a property owner knew that their tenant had a dog they may be held liable to a dog bite victim.

Have you or your child been attacked by a dog?  If so please know that you have rights.  If you need to speak with an attorney please contact your experienced Ct. dog bite attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren today for your free consultation.

 

 

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Child Mauled by Dog Works to Recover and Pay her Medical Bills

A day visiting her father ended in serious injury for one Middletown, Conn. child.  Abbi Sheehan was mauled by a pit bull nearly two months ago while staying with her father.  The dog, which caused serious damage to her face, has been euthanized.  Abbi suffered five deep lacerations and a torn eyelid.  These injuries led to reconstructive surgery at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  Grafted skin from her temple was used to recreate the missing eyelid.

Though doctors have done well in treating Abbi the family was concerned about paying the expensive hospital bills.

Abbi knew this and despite her injuries she has begun to help pay for her medical care- One bracelet at a time.  The young girl has been making and selling bracelets to ease the financial burden that has been placed on her family.  Her mom is extremely proud and says that her daughter is an inspiration to her.

“I just look at her and say, ‘If she can do this, I can do this.’  She’s amazing.”

The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren would like to send our best wishes to Abbi and her family.  We hope that she continues to recover both mentally and physically from the attack.

 

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Dog Attack in Connecticut Injures Owner and her Dog

Dr. Hope Klug was walking her dog, a 2-year-old goldendoodle, when two dogs broke free from their walker and attacked her dog.  Klug was in her East Rock neighborhood when the attack occurred.

According to Dr. Klug, a researcher at Yale University, the other dog, a pit-bull, broke free from its walker and attacked her dog.

“I turn around, and the dog, the larger dog, was just on us, instantly,” Klug stated. “…Just biting him, he was viciously attacking him.  There is no doubt he was going to kill my dog.”

During the initial attack another dog broke free from the same walker and joined in.  The goldendoodle suffered serious injuries in the attack to include lacerations to his leg, abdomen and genitals.  The injuries required surgery at a local veterinarians office.  Dr. Klug was also injured during the attack and feels that the New Haven Animal Control has not done enough to remedy the situation.

According to Animal Control there is no history of previous attacks from the dog.  A kill order has come from Connecticut’s Department of Agriculture.

The owner of the dogs that attacked does not believe that her dogs should be put down.  Though she feels “terrible” about the attack she does not think that the dogs are a public threat.  Dr. Klug disagrees.

“I want this dog out of my neighborhood; I can’t imagine anyone else who wants this dog in their neighborhood.”

 

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Connecticut Dog Owners Face Penalties for Unlicensed Dogs that Bite

Across Connecticut this month local Town Clerks are asking that all dog owners license their dogs and register them with their county.  June has been named “License Your Dog Month” in Connecticut in an effort to ensure that dogs in the state are properly vaccinated against rabies.

Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination certificate to get a dog license.  The license is a way to prove that the dog is current on its shots.  In addition, the license will help protect the dog and owner if the dog bites someone.  Veterinarian Kimberly McClure Brinton stresses the importance of keeping your dog up to date on his shots.

“If an animal is not up to date and they bite someone, the owner will in most cases be forced to have the animal euthanized and tested for rabies or pay for a quarantine of up to six months.”

In order to help people comply with the licensing laws rabies clinics across the state will be in full swing this month.  These clinics offer a less expensive way to ensure that your dog complies and is protected from rabies.

The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that all pet owners do their part in protecting both their dogs and the public from the risks associated with rabies.

 

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Connecticut Census Worker Nearly Assaulted While On the Job

A census worker in Connecticut was fortunately uninjured when a teen robbed him and stole his vehicle while he was working.  The U.S. Census Bureau employee was on the job collecting information when a young teenager robbed him at gunpoint, took his vehicle, and then came back to force the man to drive him to another part of town.

The federal employee was uninjured during the incident.  The teen has been charged with carjacking and first-degree kidnapping.

During this year’s census six census workers have died during on the job auto accidents.  Officials at the Census Bureau have stated that the crash and fatality rates that affect their census takers are no higher than those of commercial delivery drivers.

Though their loss cannot be measured the family members of those who lost their lives while taking census information are eligible for survivor benefits.  In addition, the Census Bureau pays for funeral expenses.

The workers compensation attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren would like to extend our condolences to the families of deceased census workers.  We hope that the rest of the collection process is accident and injury free.

 

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Child in Hartford, CT Attacked by Dog

A recent dog attack in Hartford, CT has left a young child with serious injuries and lifelong scars.  The 8-year-old-boy was attacked at the home of a family member.

Though the dog was up to date on its shots it was not licensed.  The owner of the pit bull was cited for having a nuisance dog and failure to license.  Reportedly, the owners have quarantined the dog in their home and are deciding what to do with the animal.

The child was taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.  The attack left the young child with lacerations on his face and back.  In addition, a portion of the child’s left ear was bitten off by the dog.  No details were available as far as prior aggression by the dog or provocation.

The number of dog attacks in Connecticut tends to increase as the temperature rises in the spring and summer.  More dogs and children, the most common dog attack victims, come outside to enjoy the warmer weather.

The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren would like to extend our well wishes to the child and his family.  We know all too well that the scars from a dog attack, both physical and mental, can be difficult to recover from.

 

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