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A jogger was killed after being mauled by four pit bulls Thursday in Southern California. Law enforcement officers are now on the hunt for the animals.
The Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department issued a warning to stay away from the area in the town of Littlerock, near Palmdale, where the 63-year-old female victim was attacked, reports The Los Angeles Times.
It's not yet clear who owned the pit bulls involved in the jogger's mauling. But if an owner is identified, he or she could face serious charges, not to mention a potential lawsuit by the victim's relatives.
The sheriff's department tweeted a warning as deputies searched for the "tan, vicious" pit bulls Thursday, just a few hours after the jogger was pronounced dead, reports LAist.
The attack raises questions about what people should do when they're confronted by viscious dogs. Here are some suggestions that may help:
Suffering a dog bite can be frightening, not to mention expensive. But if you remain calm and follow these steps, you can get through it:
After you've contacted a dog-bite lawyer, he may advise you of whether your state, like our unfortunate jogger's home state of California, has specific dog-bite statutes that provide for legal recovery.
Even if your state does not, owners of wild animals or even specific breeds known to be dangerous, like pit bulls, can be held to a strict liability standard for their pet biting or attacking you.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.