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Candy Couser was tragically and seriously injured by a tiger while volunteering at the Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary located in Tampa on the morning of Thursday, December 3, 2020. Ms. Couser has reportedly been volunteering with Big Cat Rescue for the past five years. Both the sanctuary and its owner, Carole Baskin, have garnered much attention in the past year since the release of the Netflix documentary, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” At the sanctuary, Ms. Couser attempted to feed a 3-year-old tiger when, according to Carole Baskin, the tiger “grabbed her arm and nearly tore it off at the shoulder.”

While care and caution should be taken when around any animal, care and caution should also be taken by the animal owner when anyone is around their animal. Otherwise, an animal could cause harm to someone. Florida Statute 768.81 outlines how multiple parties can be blamed for causing an animal bite type of personal injury. For instance, in the circumstance where a vicious dog unnecessarily bites someone, negligence could be found on the part of both an animal owner and a dog walker, as they both could have taken care and caution to prevent the incident from happening.

Have you or a loved one suffered an animal bite, such as a dog bite or an exotic animal bite? Carole Baskin or another animal owner may be to blame. The personal injury attorneys at Hale Law can help. Call us for a free attorney consultation anytime at 941-735-4529. Our services are free unless we win.