Over the last several years, many cities in California - including San Francisco - have noticed an increase in the number of reported dog bites. Because dog bites can cause severe injuries with long lasting effects, dog owners must be aware of the potential bite risks presented by their particular breeds of dog.
In August 2011, a thirty-two year-old woman in Pacifica, California died tragically after being attacked by her pit bull. The woman's husband came home to find the woman lying on the floor, severely injured. He called for medical assistance and the emergency responders who arrived pronounced her dead on the scene. Police officers had to shoot and kill the dog because it approached the emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who were trying to revive the woman. This unfortunate incident emphasizes the importance of knowing California's laws regarding dog bites and what remedies are available to those who suffer injuries as a result of an attack by a dog.