In New York, 75-Year Old Woman Dies From Her Own Dog Biting Her.

While dogs are frequently referred to as man’s best friend, they are still animals with animal instincts. It is important to be alert when interacting with any dog, regardless of your familiarity with the particular dog or the dog’s breed or size. Although breeds can have an impact on the aggressiveness of a dog, some dog owners are also partly to blame for dog attacks. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, the solution in regards to many violent dogs is to begin by educating the owners. If someone else’s dog has injured you, our expert dog injury lawyers can help you with getting compensation from the negligent owner.

In Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. a 75 year-old woman, Louise Hermida, lived with several dogs at her home on 27th Street. A neighbor said that they could often see her children walking many dogs in the neighborhood. According to a neighbor, Ms. Ortiz, 36, the dogs had never been a problem in the past. However, when a large mastiff bit a dog from across the street, one of Ms. Hermida’s children went to go ask Ms. Ortiz for help. It was midnight on Monday when Ms. Hermida’s son came asking for Ms. Ortiz’s help because his mother had been bitten by one of her own dogs. Ortiz immediately called 911 and waited outside of her neighbor’s house. When the police arrived at 12:58 a.m., they discovered Ms. Hermida bleeding in the basement. She was found unresponsive with bite marks on her torso and arms. Ms. Hermida was then brought to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; there, she was declared dead at 6 a.m.

According to Ms. Ortiz, Ms. Hermida’s dogs were mostly small in size and were adopted from a local shelter. The Animal Care Centers of NYC reported that the mastiff that attacked Ms. Hermida was adopted about six years ago, when it was about a year old. Neighbors knew that the dog was notoriously aggressive; in fact, Luis Tejada, 52, said: “I always tried to keep my distance,” and “I have a Pomeranian Shih Tzu, and I didn’t want to go near it.” Ms. Hermida led a peaceful life after she stopped working at a research facility in Manhattan and began her retirement.

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