A dog is in quarantine after it attacked two little boys as they were heading to their bus stop late las week in Arizona.
Both boys were reportedly bitten several times on the face and legs. All injuries are considered to be not-life-threatening.
According to a witness at the scene, the dog got out of the house and was following another dog. The dogs approached a bus stop near Kenworthy and Ocotillo Roads and the kids became startled and started running away.
As the kids ran away from the dogs, the yellow lab reportedly bit the five-year-old. The older brother tried to step in and was also bitten. A nearby construction worker and neighbors ran to the boys' rescue.
The dog will be quarantined and evaluated for rabies and then could go back to the homeowner. The dog owner said, "I walk him all the time and he's never shown any signs of aggression."
Does it matter that the dog “never showed any aggression” previously? Not under Arizona law.
Under the law in Arizona, a dog owner is “strictly liable” for harm caused by its dog. No “one free bite” like in other states.
There are two defenses in Arizona: Provocation and Trespassing. Neither seem to apply here.
Let’s hope these young kids are too badly injured, physically or mentally. The scars (physical and mental) can have a long-lasting effect.
Read even more about Phoenix, Arizona dog bite laws: - http://www.zacharassociates.com/dog-bites/