Pit Bull Bites off Woman's Thumb

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BIG SPRING- A Big Spring woman lost her thumb to the bite of a Pit Bull yesterday after reaching into the dog’s yard to pet it. The woman was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital last night, and the dog is currently in home quarantine and is up to date on its rabies shots.

A local insurance agent says the homeowner is responsible in most animal bite cases. However, your homeowner’s insurance could cover the medical expenses. But there is some legal information that could save you from being responsible:

First of all, find out if the injured person provoked your dog or knowingly took the risk of being injured. If they trespassed or if they were careless, it could be proven that their actions contributed to the injury.

Texas ranks third in the country for dog bites, with nearly 200 reports last year, costing almost $5 million in injury claims.

"We just need to be careful and watch our kids,” said Susie Campos, a resident in the dog’s neighborhood.

“Hopefully the dogs don't get out of their owner's yards."

Big Spring Police Chief Chad Williams reminds everyone to respect a dog’s domain, and ask the owner’s permission to pet their animal.