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.
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.