TSA Dog Bites Woman at Atlanta Airport

Last month, AJC News published a story about a local woman getting bitten by a bomb sniffing dog working for the Transportation Security Administration at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. As Atlanta dog bite attorneys, this headline was one of the more unique that we’ve seen in recent months.

Susan Dubitsky and her husband were waiting for her sister when the incident occurred on May 2. Mrs. Dubitsky said she did nothing to provoke the dog when it bit her in the stomach while it was walking past with an Atlanta police officer. She said the dog tried to bite her a second time, but the officer prevented it. She told reporters, “The dog just didn’t like me. It was scary. There was no reason to go after me.” She ended up with a bleeding hand sized wound on her stomach that had to be treated by EMTs. She also needed several shots, although not for rabies as the dog was immunized against rabies. Mrs. Dubitsky was rightfully upset over the incident and said she spoke out because she wanted to help make this kind of incident with TSA dogs not happen to someone else in the future. She also noted that something like this could happen to a child. Pit_bull.jpg

Mrs. Dubitsky was also upset that no one from TSA or the Atlanta Police Department came to check on her, although a TSA spokesperson said that TSA is working with the Atlanta Police to investigate the dog bite incident. She is still nervous about going to the airport as well, saying, “I’d like to know why the dog that bit me is still on duty. If nothing else, why wouldn’t they reassign that dog to a patrol car temporarily rather than have it in the airport before they know if it will hurt anybody else?”
Mrs. Dubitsky’s dog bite happened not long after the government issued a report on the TSA’s National Canine Program, citing numerous problems in the program. Earlier this year, the government cited the National Canine Program for inadequate compliance with dog training requirements and using dogs inappropriately to check cargo, instead of passengers as intended. The report also talked about how the dogs often had mixed results in training, often missing explosive odors on some passengers and sensing odors on passengers without explosives. These are potentially big problems as the National Canine Program has grown significantly in recent years. The program had a budget of $52 million in 2010, which grew to $101 million in 2012.

Atlanta Dog Bite Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous dog, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter can help you understand your case and what can be done to get you the compensation you need and deserve. Mrs. Dubitsky’s case with the TSA dog was not clear, but many times the dog owner is negligent or reckless in caring for their dangerous dog and can be held liable. Contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter today at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.

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