HEMET, California — A man in his 70s was attacked by a Pit Bull dog Thursday, but was rescued by a good Samaritan who drove up during the attack and helped the man into her car, according to an article in the Press Enterprise.

The elderly man, whose name has not been released, was walking away from a bus stop when a group of pit bulls rushed him and he fell over. At least one of the dogs bit the defenseless senior while the other dogs ran away, Ramona Humane Society Animal Control officials said. The man was terrified by the attack and was screaming at them to get off of him, the report said.

Jeri Berglund, the woman who rescued the victim, drove the traumatized man to the Hemet Valley Medical Center where he received treatment for bite wounds, the report said. Berglund told the Press Enterprise the man was not able to get out of the car when they arrived at the hospital because of his extensive injuries.

Officials have still not released the condition of the man, but Berglund told the Press Enterprise that he would likely survive the attack.

Animal control officials currently have the dog that attacked the man under quarantine. The dog will remain in quarantine for five more days until the Humane Society decides whether to euthanize the animal. Officials who visited the house where the dog was living said there were too many animals on the property and more citations might be headed the owners’ way.

Hemet municipal code does not allow for more than three dogs on a property, but the owners reportedly keep seven dogs on the premises, officials said.

“Attacks such as the one in Hemet are typically due to owner negligence,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of The Seegmiller Law Firm. “This vicious pack of dogs should never have been permitted to run freely through the streets and attack a defenseless person.”

Seegmiller said the owners are ultimately the responsible party whenever an attack like this happens because of the failure to secure their pets in an enclosed area. Certainly this man was lucky to survive the attack, but it could have been prevented if the owners were not so careless with the care of their animals. Owners are liable for the actions of their pets and a claim can be made against them if someone is injured or killed.

Dog Attack Statistics

More than 1,000 Americans are injured every day by dogs, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

According to dogsbite.org most attacks involve American Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers and mixes of these two breeds, as well as wolf hybrids. Additionally, the report said 77 percent of attacks cause bodily harm, 73 percent of dog attacks are to children and 68 percent result in a fatality. Also, between 2006 to 2008, American Pit Bull Terriers alone accounted for 59 percent of the total dog attacks for that three year span.

Victims of dog attacks and their families may hold the owners of these animals both financially and sometimes criminally liable for their injuries. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured or have lost loved ones due to negligence. Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims of dog attacks. The law firm has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

Seegmiller is a California and Nevada Personal Injury Law Firm with a track record of proven results. There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best dog bite attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the attack, but it can help you rebuild your life.

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– Josh Francis