Friday, February 8, 2008
Santa Rosa, CA - A California woman settled a lawsuit Tuesday for severe facial injuries suffered after a 90-pound American bulldog attacked her. Wendy Rydberg will receive $900,000 and her husband and two children will receive about $33,000 each, an amount that equaled the upper limit of the dog owner's insurance policy.
"Oh-eight is going to be a good year," Rydberg said following the hearing as she, her husband, Alan, and their children left court. "I feel like an extreme pressure is gone, just a relief that this is over."Rydberg was badly injured on April 6, 2006, when Denali, a dog owned by Emmellia Dale-Pincus, bit her face as she walked her own dog to pick up her children from a bus stop west of Santa Rosa.
Dale-Pincus, who was 19 at the time, initially was charged with a felony, as was her mother, who bought the dog for her. A judge reduced the charges to misdemeanors after a preliminary hearing and the case was dismissed against the mother when Dale-Pincus agreed to admit responsibility. Dale-Pincus was sentenced in to four months in jail, which she was allowed to serve on work furlough. The dog was killed by animal control officials.
| 2/09/2008 8:00 PM |
Most felonies require knowledge that the animal was "known to be dangerous." This appears to be true in this instance.
Charges Filed in Attack
District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua announced today that his office has filed a felony charge of Allowing a Vicious Animal at Large against the owners of an American Bulldog who attacked a woman.
The investigation by Sonoma County Animal Control revealed that there had been numerous prior complaints made by neighbors that the bulldog owners harbored malicious dogs on their property.
District Attorney Passalacqua stated, “Irresponsible owners of animals who do not take precautions to safeguard neighbors from vicious attacks, need to be held accountable for the consequences.”
Felony dropped to Misdemeanor occurred somewhere, perhaps because it was a first offense?
Bulldog Owner Sentenced
A 21-year-old woman whose American bulldog bit and badly injured a woman’s face was sentenced Thursday to four months in jail and 100 hours of community service.
Bulldog Owner Pleads No Contest
One of three Sonoma County criminal cases involving dog attacks ended Thursday with a misdemeanor no-contest plea by the owner of an American bulldog that severely bit and damaged a woman's face last year.
Emmellia Dale-Pincus, 21, faces a term that could include probation or as long as a year in jail on the misdemeanor count of allowing a vicious animal to roam free. Sentencing is scheduled for next month.
| 2/12/2008 4:49 PM |
oh yeah, another one of those, it's not a pit bull dog!
Discussion of the bully breeds. American Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, etc.
| 2/13/2008 4:40 AM |
When losing the mauling debate Pit Nutters love to throw out the "There is no such breed" card. Fact is American Bulldogs were officially registered as American Pit Bulldogs until 1970.
The Bully Breeds have undergone many name changes to try and distance themselves from their British blood sport heritage.
Adding "American" and "Staffordshire" doesn't reduce the bodycount.