In the recent Connecticut Appellate Court case of Giacalone v. Housing Authority of the Town of Wallingford, the court held that a plaintiff could file a common law negligence claim for monetary damages against a landlord who had prior notice of the dangerous propensities of a dog without proving that the landlord was the owner or keeper of the dog. This important case will allow many more victims of dog attacks to recover compensation for their injuries and damages. It will also assist in holding more people accountable for their negligence in connection with dog attacks.
Connecticut Appellate Court Recognizes Common Law Action for Damages Against Landlord Who is Not Owner/Keeper of Dog
A man taking out his garbage Monday morning on Melrose Street was attacked by his neighbor’s pit bull terrier, police said. The man then pulled out a handgun and shot the dog dead.
Police responded to the call about 6:45 a.m., after the shooting.
Sgt. Christene Mertes said the person attacked by the dog had a valid pistol permit and a properly licensed handgun, and he was not charged.
Police located the dog owner, who told them he’d let the dog out of the house to relieve itself when it took off across the street.
The victim reported minor wounds from the dog.
A two year old boy was recently severely attacked and killed by three pit bull terrier dogs in Concord, California. The attack occurred when the boy went into the garage of a family home to play. He was attacked by three of the five pit bull terrier dogs living in the home. The boy’s step-grandfather has been arrested in connection with the incident.
TORRINGTON – The owner of a pit bull that attacked a mail carrier on her daily route Thursday afternoon has been cited by police.
Arman Corpaci, 47, of 90 Clearview Ave., was cited for having an unlicensed dog and an nuisance dog.
The dog, a female pit bull named “Naja,” has been placed on a 14-day quarantine.
The mail carrier, 53-year-old Teri Hall, told police she was delivering mail to 90 Clearview Ave. around 12:30 p.m. The dog managed to open a screen door and came out onto the front porch, police said.
Connecticut Superior Court Holds That Negligence Count Does Not Relate Back to Strict Liability Count
In the recent Connecticut Superior Court case of Falconi v. Spicer, Judge Emmet Cosgrove held that an amended complaint adding a claim of negligence to an original complaint asserting only a claim of strict liability under the Dog Bite Statute, CGS Sec. 22-357, does not relate back to the filing of the original complaint for purposes of determining whether the statute of limitations for the negligence claim has expired.
According to a recent study cited on DogsBite.org, there were 88 fatal dog attacks in the United States between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008. Pit bulls accounted for 59% of these deaths. This is a equivalent to a pit bull killing one U.S. citizen every 21 days during this three year period. The data shows that pit bulls commit the vast majority of off-property attacks that result in death. Only 18% (16) of the attacks occurred off owner property, yet pit bulls were responsible for 81% (13).
Perhaps it is time for the Connecticut legislature to take notice of these statistics and craft breed specific legislation to help protect our children.