Four American Bulldogs attacked and extensively injured a 7-year-0ld Creston girl over the weekend according to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office. The young girl was hospitalized after the attack.
Creston, an area out outside of Kalispell, dog attack took place on Saturday afternoon according to the Flathead Beacon.
Curry says the girl and her father were visiting from out of town and that the girl and a woman were playing outside the residence when the girl was attacked and dragged by the dogs.
“Harboring a vicious dog is in itself a crime. The damage and those injuries that the girl sustained, how exactly those will tie together is going to be determined through collaboration with the County Attorney’s office,” said Flathead Undersheriff Jordan White.
Montana law states that the dog’s owner is liable for damages in an unprovoked dog attack like the one in Creston, outside of Kalispell.
27-1-715. Liability of owner of vicious dog. (1) The owner of a dog that without provocation bites a person while the person is on or in a public place or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, located within an incorporated city or town is liable for damages that may be suffered by the person bitten regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of the viciousness.
Many people in Montana are unaware that most homeowners insurance policies typically provide coverage for injuries caused by a dog. Every insurance policy is different and actual coverage would depend on the language of the policy.
For over 25 years, the Kalispell lawyers at Bliven Law Firm, P.C., have been helping innocent victims of dog bites in Creston and Kalispell recover damages they are legally entitled to under Montana law. We have Kalispell attorneys who know Montana dog bite law and can help collect funds to pay for the victim’s medical treatment, injuries, pain and suffering, permanent damages and future damages.
In some circumstances, if a child has been harmed by a dog, their parents may be legally entitled to damages as well. If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog, contact Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a FREE CONSULTATION.