Being attacked by a dog or multiple dogs is a calamity that could happen to anyone if he or she walks past a residence or business entity where the dog(s) is not controlled by his or her owner(s). Below is an instance where the victim was not even walking past a dangerous animal in another person’s premises, but was attacked in her own yard!

Dog attack in Franklin County

According to news reports, on April 27, 2014, a 39 year old woman from Flat Creek Road in Franklin County, was attacked in her yard by multiple pit bulls as well as a German Shepard. According to WKYT TV footage, the victim needed the assistance of two men to pull the dogs off her. One of these men ran to the local fire department to obtain more assistance. She suffered from a serious laceration to her scalp as well as bite wounds to her hands and feet.

The State Journal reported that she was rushed to the Franklin Regional Hospital. The attack by these uncontrolled dogs was so severe, that she was rushed to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Both WKYT and The State Journal stated that her scalp was partially pulled back.

The State Journal reported that the caregiver of the dogs who attacked Ms. Moore was charged for not vaccinating the dogs for rabies. Sheriff Melton was quoted by The State Journal stating, “Our ordinance states that you’ve got to maintain control of those animals at all times, and obviously these animals were not under control.

Kentucky Law on Dog Vaccinations

Although people love their pets, there are two principle and inherent duties pet owners owe to others. If they fail in properly caring and supervising their respective pet, then, by law, you are able to hold a negligent pet owner accountable. The above multiple dog attack shows the risk of violent injury. Yet, the threat of rabies, and the potential of dying from rabies is also a vital duty pet owners owe anyone living in Kentucky and other states. This duty to protect the people of Kentucky is crucial enough that state law stipulates this duty.

258.015 Dogs, cats, and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies — Issuance and distribution of certificates — Tags for dogs

(1) Every owner shall have his dog, cat… initially vaccinated against rabies by the age of four (4) months and revaccinated at the expiration of the immunization period as certified by the veterinarian. The veterinarian who vaccinates a dog, cat…shall issue to the owner a vaccination certificate on a form approved by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services….The veterinarian (providing the vaccination) shall also furnish each dog owner with a rabies tag bearing a serial number corresponding to the vaccination certificate with the year of immunization. The tag shall be affixed to a collar or harness furnished by the owner and shall be worn by the dog for which the tag was issued. No one except the owner or his duly authorized agent shall remove the tag.”

Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer

If you are injured by an out-of-control dog, consult D. Tyler Roberts of Roberts Law Office, PLLC When there is a negligent injury like a dog bite injury, Roberts Law Office’s website explains the importance of being adequately represented in the event of a dog bite/attack. D. Tyler Roberts is the managing attorney for Roberts Law Office. Contact his law firm by phone at (859) 231-0202. You can submit your contact information and description of the accident at the law firm’s contact page.