An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled. Español: Un Pit Bull Terrier Americano con bozal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A vicious dog attack has put two north Tulsa women in the hospital. As Oklahoma's Own reports, the owner of the dog that committed the attacks has already been ticketed, and may be held liable for the injuries the pair sustained.
The victims of the attack were Beverly Wright, 43, and Irene Parker, 78. The women are currently in fair and serious condition, respectively. The pit bull who attacked them was shot to death by a neighbor who heard the pair's screams.
The owner of the pit bull will receive at least two citations, one for having an unneutered dog inside city limits, and another for not registering the dog. It is still unclear, however, whether the owner will be held liable for the attack.
Dog bite cases such as this hinge on strict liability. In this case, the two women had knocked on the man's door. The man opened the door and the dog ran past him to attack. Because the victims were lawfully at the front door, and the dog presumably attacked them without first being provoked, the owner may be held liable. Dog owners should be sure to take extra safety precautions with dog breeds that are prone to be vicious. For example, had the owner of the dog been aware of the possibility of the dog attacking visitors, the owner should have put him in another room before opening the door.