Good Samaritan Saves Woman from Dog Attack

An unidentified man in the Citrus Heights area, a suburb east of Sacramento, CA, is being heralded as a “Good Samaritan” by Michael and Joanne Golden, a couple who lives in the area.

He earned the title one Sunday afternoon this January when he saved Joanne and attempted to save her dog, Cody, from a vicious and unidentified pit bull.

“I don’t know what would have happened,” Michael Golden said. “We want to thank him and have him help us positively identify the dog.”

The attack occurred around 3:15 p.m. on January 6. Joanne was walking in their neighborhood near Birdcage Center with her father, Angelo Romano, 84, and her dog, Cody, a Chihuahua-Jack Russell Terrier mix, when she saw the pit bull for the first time: The Sacramento Bee reported:

It grabbed Cody, and when Joanne Golden tried to intervene, it attacked her, knocking her on her back and biting her on both hands.

The pit bull continued to attack Joanne and she began to lose her strength. Just when things looked dismal, a man, our Good Samaritan, pulled up in a black SUV. He fought the vicious dog off of Joanne and then packed everyone into his vehicle. With Joanne’s directions, the Good Samaritan drove to her home and ran to the door to alert her husband, Michael, of what had happened.

“All I heard was ‘wife … pit bull attack,’ ” Golden said. “My dog was bleeding on this man’s car seat. My wife was bleeding.”

Michael rushed his wife to the Mercy Hospital in Folsom where she was treated for her bites and bruises. Cody died a few hours later.

In all the excitement, Michael never thought to ask the Good Samaritan his name, something he now regrets. He wishes very much to find this man so he may thank him and also receive help in indentifying the dog who attacked his wife.

If you or loved one has been injured in a dog attack, you have rights. By California law, the owner of the animal that attacks another person is always liable (at fault) for the attack. That means that they are responsible for any economical damages you incur because of the attack, i.e, medical bills, lost wages, etc.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, I can help you. Please contact me and my staff at the Law Offices of Moseley Collins. You contact us by visiting our website by the clicking on the link above or by calling us at 916.444.4444.

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