Althea Woodson Injured In Dog Attack At the Eastchester Gardens Apartments In The Bronx
BRONX, NEW YORK (April 8, 2018) – A grandmother was seriously injured after she was attacked by a large pit bull that managed to get loose from the Eastchester Gardens apartments.
New York police have been able to identify the woman that was attacked by the large dog as Althea Woodson. The 57-year-old grandmother who goes by Lisa was watching her two grandchildren play at the apartments when a pit bull became free.
The two children were playing on the jungle gym at the time of the attack. Althea Woodson told them not to come down out of fear the dog would attack. The loose pit bull turned around and then began running towards her.
She was severely mauled during the dog attack and ended up losing part of her ear. An onlooker was eventually able to stop the dog by hitting it with a stick. Eastchester Gardens Houses prohibits residents from owning pit bulls, but residents have said they are everywhere.
The pit bull involved in the attacked has been taken by the Animal Care Center and the owner was charged with reckless endangerment.
LIABILITY IN DOG ATTACKS
Courts in New York will impose strict liability on dog owners if their animal attacks another person and the owner knew (or should have known) about the dogs vicious propensities. An example of evidence that may demonstrate a vicious propensity includes the dog growling, snapping or baring its teeth at other people. In addition to negligence on the part of the owner, there may also be negligence on the part of a building owner if they fail to enforce rules on dog ownership. Building owners have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for their guests. If their is a history of dog attacks at a building’s premises steps should be taken to correct this problem. When rules are not enforced or no steps are taken to prevent owners from having illegal breeds this may impose liability on the building owner.
Our staff at Lipsig lawyers were deeply concerned to hear about the horrific dog attack that injured Althea Woodson. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim and her family as she continues to recover. The NY Housing Authority needs to take action before someone else is hurt or killed. Numerous residents at the Eastchester Gardens apartments are clearly not following the rules with respect to owning pit bulls. This puts everyone in danger. Building owners should take responsibility for what happened and help this woman recover.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a dog attack you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.