A Texas woman whose four dogs killed a neighborhood family’s beagle in October is suing the owners of the beagle for $1 million in damages.
The 10-year-old beagle, named Bailey, was attacked and killed by Emerald White’s four pitbulls on October 27th after they entered the backyard of Steve Baker, Bailey’s owner. White alleges that when she attempted to retrieve her dogs at the Baker home, she was “unexpectedly and viciously attacked” by Bailey and has been seriously injured as a result. The Baker family was served with the lawsuit earlier this week at their home.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Steve Baker told the Galveston Daily News. “Everyone was telling me to sue her, but I decided not to because it won’t bring Bailey back.”
White’s suit claims that she suffered “multiple serious bite and scratch-type injuries requiring ongoing medical treatment,” and “now suffers also from fear anxiety and trepidation.” White also claims in the lawsuit that the Bakers had failed to properly confine their dog, resulting in the “unprovoked attack.”
Steve Baker said that the city has officially declared White’s pitbulls dangerous in the aftermath of the tragic incident.
“The police took the action I wanted and declared those dogs dangerous and awareness was raised; so I decided to let it go,” Baker said. “Now they’re suing me for $1 million — I just can’t believe it.”
Owners that have dangerous dogs must, according to the Galveston Daily News, “obtain a secure enclosure that is at least 6 feet high with a mechanical locking device,” and the dogs must be registered annually with the city as dangerous. In addition, a sign must be posted in the owner’s yard alerting other residents of the dangerous pets.
Baker said that Bailey had always been loyal to the family and reportedly had no prior history of violence or roughness.
Source: The Galveston Daily News / Photo Credit: inquisitr.com