An elderly Oklahoma City woman was recently bitten by her neighbor’s pit bull as she tried to save her cat from being attacked by the aggressive dog, and she has since spoken out about the delayed response by the local animal control. According to 70-year-old Johnny Shultz, the attack happened on March 20, but she …
An elderly Oklahoma City woman was recently bitten by her neighbor’s pit bull as she tried to save her cat from being attacked by the aggressive dog, and she has since spoken out about the delayed response by the local animal control. According to 70-year-old Johnny Shultz, the attack happened on March 20, but she wasn’t contacted by animal control until two days after the incident occurred. If you have suffered injuries in a dog bite accident in Oklahoma City, or elsewhere in Oklahoma, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center for legal help. You may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the owner of the dangerous dog, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills.
Dangers of Aggressive Pit Bulls
In response to Shultz’s claims, the Animal Welfare Department says it simply didn’t have anyone available to service the call when the dog attack took place. Animal control reportedly only has 15 officers responsible for all of Oklahoma City, and OKC police typically don’t respond to animal-related calls. According to Shultz however, she has called animal control about an aggressive pit bull in her neighborhood twice before being bitten by the dog on the afternoon of March 20. She says she was trying to save one of her cats that was being attacked by the pit bull, and even crawled on her stomach under an SUV in her driveway to pry her cat loose from the dog.
Dog Bite Accidents and Injuries
“I have two puncture marks at the top, and two at the bottom,” said Shultz about her dog bite injuries. “It wasn’t what it could have been, what a real pit bite could have been.” Shultz did say, however, that the bites were bad enough, and her cat died following the attack. “I was shaking, so I called 911. I said I want a policeman out here now, and they said no, we’re going to transfer you to animal control dispatch,” said the victim. According to Shultz, the dangerous dog had just come to live with her neighbor across the street a couple of weeks before the dog bite accident occurred.
Our Experienced Attorneys Can Help
“There is a high number of pit bulls that we deal with on a day in, and day out basis,” said Animal Welfare Supervisor Sheridan Lowery. On an average day, Lowery says his officers begin with up to 300 calls, the majority of which involve aggressive dogs. Regardless, Shultz said, “It should have been somebody the same day.” If you have been injured in an Oklahoma dog bite accident, your first course of action should be to consult our reputable lawyers at Oklahoma Legal Center. Our law firm is located in Oklahoma City, and our attorneys have years of experience protecting the rights of individuals injured in dog bite accidents throughout Oklahoma.