Dog Bite Law: Rottweilers Attack 11-Year-Old Vista Boy

Clayton Snow, an 11-year-old middle school student in Vista, was viciously attacked by two Rottweilers while walking home from school last Friday. Snow suffered approximately 40 bites on his arms, chest, hand, and stomach, causing wounds that required dozens of stitches to close.

According to witnesses, it was truly a horrific scene. A kindergarten teacher from Hannalei Elementary School told the North County Times that saw the attack, and jumped out of her car to go and help. She and another woman tried to shield the boy from the dogs, but the dogs would simply go around them and continue to attack the boy.

“I turned around, and he’s face down on the pavement,” Smith said. “And they’ve ripped his pants and underpants off, like around his ankles and they’re dragging him, and I thought, I’m going to watch this boy die.”

The owner of the dogs has voluntarily surrendered the dogs to the North County Humane Society, where the dogs will be put down.

Snow is recovering well, his mother told the paper, but her concerns are less about his physical wounds and more about his mental state. He apparently his having nightmares about the attack.


As someone that has represented numerous dog bite victims, it is usually the psychological effects of the attack that causes the most harm, not the bites themselves. I once represented a water delivery man that received a relatively small bite while delivering water in San Marcos. The wound was small, and healed quickly, but the psychological impacted really caused a disruption in his life. He could hardly work for several months after the incident.

The owner of the dog, who will now face legal liability, told the paper he was sorry about the incident. He said his dogs were trained at obedience school.

Source: North County Times

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