St. Augustine Man Defends Himself and Family from Pit Bull Dog Attack

Posted on November 10, 2011

A frightening story out of St. Augustine saw a man defending himself, his dog, and his young children from three pit bull dogs who were on the loose. The man was walking on Shallow Tail Lane Friday afternoon, November 4, and when he saw the dogs he picked up his four-year-old but couldn’t get to the two-year-old. Sensing the dog might harm his child he tells News4Jax that he kicked one dog and grabbed the other and choked it. The third pit bull chased the family dog back to their home where the father grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the dog in the back, killing him. The man says the dogs didn’t growl, they just walked up and attacked.

The man had a bloody hand and his dog had to have 30 stitches but is okay. The children were not harmed. Because the owner of the dogs was found, the person agreed to pay the veterinarian bill for the dog. No charges have been filed by the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

Fortunately there were no human fatalities that resulted from this dog attack.

Insurance and Dangerous Dogs

Farah & Farah’s Florida dog bite injury attorneys understand that beside the debate between the pro- and anti-pit bull factions, the insurance industry has been known not to cover homes that have pit bulls or any other breed of dog considered “dangerous.”

Other insurance companies have decided to step in and cater their advertising to owners of pit bull, Rottweilers, Chows, Akitas, Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, Wolf-hybrids, German Shepherds, and Dobermans, all considered “dangerous.” This is additional dog liability insurance specifically covering any injuries your dog causes another person or animal.

Do not assume your homeowner’s policy will cover these instances. Look at the fine print and determine if there is a definition for “dangerous dog” and whether yours falls into that category.


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