Attorney Newell Speaks with Foxhound Attack Victim

Posted on: January 23rd, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Jan. 20, 2012, Attorney Thomas Newell had an opportunity to converse with a Bucks County dog bite victim. Judy Cox and her husband, John had been walking with their 2 dogs, on leashes, in a Bucks County public park in Warwick Township on Dec. 31, 2011. A fox hunt party entered the woods near them. There were numerous horseback riders along with about 24 foxhounds.

These dogs were not under the direct control of the riders and about 6 of the foxhounds attacked Judy Cox and 1 of her dogs as they tried to reach the safety of their home. Even though Judy and her dog were knocked to the ground and bitten, none of the horseback riders dismounted and came to their aid.

According to Mr. Cox, initially none of the dog owners would identify themselves, nor did they volunteer to stay to provide information to the appropriate authorities. It was only after her husband called 911 and demanded some accountability that one of the horseback riders agreed to stay to speak with police. In reading the newspapers accounts and speaking with Judy Cox, it appears to this author that the fox hunters had an attitude that they were above the law.

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