Houston Pit Bull Attack Lawyer
Texas Pit Bull Attack Attorneys
Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., fight for the victim’s rights after dog attacks. Pit bulls have the ability to inflict severe damage when they attack someone. That is why their owners must be extra cautious to keep them from running at large. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we have experience handling pit bull attack cases. From cases involving a single dog attack to cases involving an attack by a pack of pit bulls, We are here to help.
Pit Bull Background
The American Pit Bull Terrier has its origins in England. It is the product of breeding between English Bulldogs and Old English Terriers. These dogs were originally bred and trained as “catch” dogs which are dogs that catch large animals such as hogs or wild cattle and can also be used during hunts. Pit Bulls have also known under the following names: American Pit Bull Terrier, Pitbull, Pit Terrier, Bull-and-Terriers, Half and Half, Bull Baiter Dogs, Yankee Terrier, Rebel Terrier New Yorkies, St. Francis Terriers and Staffordshire Fighting Dog.
Why Pit Bulls May Attack
The aggressive history associated with these dogs comes from its history of misuse. In the early 1800’s, Pit Bulls were used in a practice called “bull-baiting” where they were forced to fight bulls and bears. That practice was eventually banned and pitting dog vs dog replaced bull-baiting. In 1835’s, dog fighting finally fell out of public favor in the United States and was banned. Despite this, pit bulls are still sometimes bred for their aggressiveness to be used for illegal dog fighting. Without knowing an individual dog’s blood line, there is no way to know if a particular pit bull was improperly bred. Some dogs may attack simply because they have been bred to be aggressive dogs or have vicious tendencies.
In addition to the above, Pit Bulls may attack if they believe they are protecting their owner or home, they feel threatened or if they simply are improperly trained. Like any breed of dog, pit bulls can become overly-aggressive simply because the owner does not understand how to properly handle or train the dog. When the owner is aware of a vicious or aggressive tendency, he or she has a duty to prevent the dog from access to the public and to warn people of the dangerous nature of the dog. Chaining dogs or allowing them to take a dominant role can further encourage aggressive behavior.
Pit Bull Attacks
Pit Bull attacks are often highly publicized because of the extensive damages these powerful dogs can do. In 2011, out of 31 fatal dog attacks, pit bulls accounted for 71% of those fatal dog attacks. This number is even more stunning when you realize that pit bulls only account for about 5% of the United States dog population. Obviously, they have caused a disproportionate number of deaths. It is not uncommon to hear the victim was the owner or a relative who was familiar to the dog. Needless to say, attacks by pit bulls can cause permanent physical and mental scars and even death.
Pit Bull Bite Attorney
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we are experienced in handling Pit Bull bite cases. We have helped many victims of attacks recover from negligent dog owners who failed to keep their dog properly restrained and failed to warn people of their vicious tendencies. If you need to speak to a dog bite lawyer in Houston, Texas about your rights, call us. We serve all of the State of Texas when it comes to handling these types of claims and will assist others outside the state in the case of a serious attack by a pit bull or other dog. The initial consultation is free and when you hire us to handle your case, we charge no attorneys fee nor litigation expenses unless we make a recovery for you.