Saturday evening, 7-year-old Gaege Ramirez was attacked by a group of dogs at a house in the Canyon Lake area. According to Comal County Sheriff’s Office officials, Ramirez was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio. Tragically, he died as a result of his injuries.
A lot of people have been wondering who the dogs belonged to. Though the reports don’t make it clear (and perhaps it is still unknown), whoever owned these dogs is liable for Ramirez’s death according to Lillian’s Law.
Lillian’s Law was established in Texas in 2007, so it’s relatively recent. Before Lillian’s Law, dog owners couldn’t be held responsible for their dog’s actions – if their dog killed someone, there were no consequences. Now, however, dog owners have a duty to protect others from their animals.
Under Lillian’s Law, a dog owner can face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 if their dog mauls another person. If the attack is fatal, as in Ramirez’s case, the dog owner faces a second degree felony and up to 20 years in prison.
It should be noted that the dog owner doesn’t have to “order” the attack or take part in any way. If someone’s dog acts aggressively on its own accord, the owner is still liable for the injuries the dog causes.