A McKeesport police officer was recently in the news for a lawsuit against two local dog owners. According to news source Officer.com, the police officer was investigating a domestic disturbance in McKeesport when he was attacked by the owners' 100+ pound pit bull. The officer was bitten on both hands, which led to scarring and tendon damage. The officer was also accidentally shot in the heel by his partner, as the partner tried to prevent the dog from doing further damage. Due to Pennsylvania's lack of the "firefighter's rule", a law which prohibits public safety officers from filing similar claims, the officer was able to successfully file a lawsuit. According to the original article, the officer was able to sue because he "can sue for damages as long as the injury was caused by negligent or intentional conduct that was separate from the conduct tghat contributed to the emergency". The dog owners had been cited six times in the prior few weeks for failing to keep their dog confined, as well as not having a dog license.
Although dogs are often friendly, docile, and excellent pets, sometimes dogs can lash out and attack others. These cases are often reported within the more "dangerous" dog breeds, such as pitt bulls, rottweilers, and others. Unfortunately, many of these dog attacks tend to happen to small children. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack due to the negligence of another dog owner, it may be time to seek legal action. Attorney Doug Stoehr is an Altoona, PA area attorney that is experienced in dog bite claims. For more information, call his office at 814-946-4100.