Rice is now wondering why the owner, Ray Williams, wasn’t severely fined. Nor is he being held responsible at this time for her medical bills. Williams was cited by Spartanburg County Environmental Services for not having his dogs up to date on their rabies vaccinations.
Rice told WSPA “I just want him to pay my bills and pay me for pain and suffering.”
Rice does have the right to sue Williams, but according to information furnished in the WSPA interview, state law doesn’t make Williams liable for what his dogs did. Director of Environmental Services James Nelson says Williams wasn’t charged with anything more serious because there were too many unanswered questions. When local news first broke the story, it was mentioned Williams could face additional charges. To date, that hasn’t happened.
S.C. Law Chapter 3, Article 1, Title 47-3-50 states that allowing a dog to run at large or to keep a vicious or unruly dog is a misdemeanor charge. Title 47-3-110 defines the liability clause as “whenever any person is bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog in a public place, the owner of the dog or other person having the dog in his care or keeping is liable for the damages suffered by the person bitten or otherwise attacked.”
The only reason this shouldn’t be enforced is if the victim enticed the dog to attack. In which case the dog nor the owner can be held responsible.
A near fatal attack resulting with an extended hospital stay should warrant some type of legal action. Shouldn’t it?
Readers, do you feel Williams should have to pay for Rice’s medical expenses, plus pain and suffering? Since when isn’t it the responsibility of the dog owner to pay for any damages done by the dog?