A woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against “The Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan. The woman was attacked by a pit bull less than a week after the animal was released from the care of the dog trainer’s Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita.
According to the suit, her injuries were severe, including bone fractures, open wounds, and deep muscle and tendon lacerations. The attack took place at the animal owner’s home in Southern California.
Apparently the pit bull had a history of violence. In 2013 it attacked its trainer causing grave injuries. At the time, the dog was impounded by the local authorities, only to be released by a judge into the care of Millan’s center.
The suit alleges the animal was released from care early because the owner was unable to keep up with the monthly payments.
At Bergener Mirejovsky we have handled many serious dog attack cases. It is clear from the description of the victims injuries that she will have lifelong visible scarring. She has also lost feeling and function in her left hand.
Clearly grave negligence led up to this animal attack. The dog had a history of causing serious injury. Many dog trainers agree it can be difficult to rehabilitate a vicious animal, even with a loving owner. In this case the owner showed extreme carelessness to have a dog with that history released from court recommended or mandated training and allowed it to be around guests in the home.
Cesar Millan’s Dog Psychology Center should have considered alerting Animal Control if a pit bull with such a history was released from their care prematurely. An animal’s first attack can be difficult to foresee, but sadly this woman’s dog bite could have been easily avoided had the owner and DPC made other choices.
A Los Angeles County judge has determined the dog will be put down.