Animal attacks often leave lasting physical and emotional scars

For many Minneapolis residents, the advent of warmer weather means more opportunities to enjoy all that the metropolitan area has to offer, including outdoor activities in favorite parks. Unfortunately, these outings can leave visitors with lasting physical and emotional scars if they become the unwitting victims of animal attacks. One woman recently shared the details of her terrifying encounter with an unattended dog.

The woman was taking one of her daily walks in Webber Park along the path that follows Shingle Creek. As she was walking, she was talking on her cellphone with a friend. She noticed a medium-sized dog approach from around a bend. She says the dog suddenly charged at her without any warning growls or barks.

The woman suffered several deep puncture wounds on both of her legs. The dog did have a leash fastened to its collar but the owner was not with the animal. As she attempted to fend off the biting dog, she also was struggling to call 911 for help. Purportedly, the dog's owner arrived on the scene and watched the attack before grabbing the end of the leash and hurrying away. The victim called out for help and for the owner to provide information, but to no avail.

Emergency responders provided first aid and transported her to a local hospital. The woman said that she will require several more visits before her physical wounds will be healed sufficiently. Officials with Minneapolis animal control are investigating this seemingly unprovoked attack. Minnesota is a strict liability state that holds owners responsible for any damages caused by unwarranted animal attacks. Those who have suffered the physical and emotional wounds that these terrifying episodes cause are entitled to seek just compensation for their damages through a personal injury lawsuit.

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