The numbers are mind-boggling. In just three year times, in just one suburban community in Tennessee, there were 1100 dog bites, a rate of almost exactly one dog bite a day. Dog bites can often lead to infection and scarring, and almost always cause significant pain to the victim, yet little is done to prevent irresponsible pet owners from allowing their dogs to bite people.
The three types of dogs most commonly associated with dog bites in this study are no surprise, and include:
- Pit bulls and pit mixes
- Labrador retrievers and lab mixes
- German shepherds and shepherd mixes
Enthusiasts for these breeds often claim that breed-blaming is unfair, because there are many responsible pet owners whose dogs do not bite. This may be the case, but it doesn’t change the fact that certain breeds of dogs are responsible for many more biting incidents every year than others. Certain animals are more aggressive than others by nature. Owners of these breeds are aware of these statistics, yet continue to poorly control their animals in public.
When dog bites are happening at a rate of one a day, it is clear that there are a lot of animals who are out of control. Sadly, nothing is done about these animals until they become a menace. A mild attack might be a single bite, but some dogs bite multiple times, and on occasion dogs even kill people.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog bite, it is important to hold the owner to account for the actions of their animal. Though the county or city might destroy the animal who bit you, the owner might very well just buy another animal and raise it the same way. Please contact an experienced attorney who can help you hold the owner to account.