Candis Danielson, 35, is recovering from serious injuries after she was viciously attacked by two pit bulls while trying to help a neighbor in Myers Flat, Humboldt County. According to a news report, Danielson had gone over to her neighbor’s house to help him with his generator during a power outage when the neighbor’s dogs got out of his trailer and attacked her. The dogs dragged Danielson under the trailer inflicting extensive damage to her legs and feet, officials said.
Paramedics who responded to the incident said Danielson was in extreme shock. She was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive. Another victim suffered bite injuries and was treated at a nearby fire station. Danielson’s sister Shiann Davis set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for her medical bills. Davis said her sister was undergoing surgery to have one leg amputated and may lose her other leg. In an update, she wrote that doctors are bringing in specialists to see what they can do to save the rest of her leg.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Candis Danielson and her family. We wish her the very best as she recovers from these horrific and catastrophic injuries.
Laws and Liability Issues
County officials said the pit bulls’ owner would be required to undergo a vicious dog hearing. If they are determined to be potentially dangerous or vicious dogs and that their release would create a significant threat to public health and safety, they will be put down, they said. The dogs’ owner has not been charged with any crimes. Officials said the incident is still under investigation.
California’s Civil Code Section 3342 states: “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
California’s strict liability statute holds dog owners financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of surgeries, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims of dog attacks would be well advised to contact an experienced California dog bite lawyer who will be able to ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.