Woman Injured in Dog Attack at Edgewood Oaks Apts in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX — August 13, 2022, a woman was critically injured in a dog attack at an apartment complex in east Fort Worth.
According to reports the incident happened around 4:25 p.m. at the Edgewood Oaks apartment complex along Edgewood Terrace. Police dispatched to the area in response to calls about the dog attack were unable at first to access the apartment where the dog was attacking the woman as the animal blocked the door.
After officers tried to push the dog out of the way it charged at them; two officers fatally shot it to prevent it from attacking them or firefighters with them.
The woman suffered critically injuries including a severe bite wound to her wrist. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Dog Attack at Edgewood Oaks Apts in Fort Worth
If reports have their facts straight it seems like whatever got into that dog was enough to make it a serious hazard to everyone around it. It's always a pity to have to put an animal down but the savagery of the reported attack and the gravity of the victim's injuries sound like the action may have been warranted.
Even with the immediate threat neutralized, though, there may be extenuating circumstances to look at after the attack. The dog is no longer able to hurt anyone else, but that does little to help the critically-injured victim heal from the damage done. Would the dog's owner be responsible for her injuries? According to Texas law, that depends.
Generally speaking the Lone Star State uses the One Bite Rule. It's not a formal statute, but rather a precedent that says dog owners aren't typically liable for the damage done the first time their animal attacks someone. Animals can be unpredictable, so a sudden attack isn't always reasonably preventable. If the owner can justifiably say they had no idea that would happen they may escape liability.
After the first incident, however, the risk is clear. The dogs' owners must then take precautions to make sure no future attacks occur. That could mean building fences high enough and strong enough to keep the animals penned, keeping them leashed, or otherwise ensuring they aren't free to roam around doing damage.
It's not clear who owns the dog here or if there was any history of prior attacks, but those are important details to learn when seeking ways to help the victim. I hope suitable steps are being taken to get the facts of this terrible incident.