A Wichita Falls man was attacked by two dogs Monday morning.
Police were called to the scene where they found the victim covered in blood. He had been bitten on his head, neck, jaw and stomach, and part of his scalp had been ripped away. Police reported that the man had been walking when suddenly he saw the two dogs running toward him. He tried to run but wasn’t fast enough.
The owners of the dogs were located.
In Texas, the victim has a right to pursue legal action against them under 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, 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.