Monday, June 8, 2015

Number of Dog Bites Vary by Breed

Selective Breeding and Child Safety

Dogs have been bred for thousands of years to meet many needs. Certain characteristics are selectively accentuated over many generations to give us dozens and dozens of different dog breeds. These different breeds have different temperaments and tendencies. Of course, any dog could have issues or could be potentially dangerous to a stranger. Even dogs within a household for years can suddenly snap up and bite an owner or child. In the case of Los Angeles and its thousands of dogs, this is especially the case.

The sheer number of animals that are either owned as pets or as strays present a daily danger. According to the Los Angeles Veterinary Public Health Department, bats, cats, and dogs have all carried rabies nearby. This increases in other parts of the state. Statistics paint a daunting picture regarding dog bites. Unfortunately, certain breeds of man's best friend show which are more likely to be involved in bites.

These include German Shepherds, Jack Russell Terriers, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Spaniels, Collies, Doberman Pinschers, Chows, and even the Labrador Retriever. In particular, Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are considerably more likely to be involved in fatal incidents. There are many studies to determine which types of dogs are more likely to bite.

Many point to smaller and medium sized breeds as more likely to snap than larger dogs. Some of these bites from smaller dogs may not leave as much damage, perhaps also leading to a lower reporting rate. However, this could also explain why these dogs are so aggressive, as the relatively small damage is not corrected by their owners. Furthermore, dogs bred to fight or protect like pit bulls, German Shepherds, or Rottweilers can leave severe damage, especially on children. Statistically, children are much, much more likely to be bit than adults.

When faced with the aftermath of a bite, animal control must determine the animal's history and breed to see if there was a significantly heightened risk of attack. Dog owners that did not properly socialize or train their dogs can be at fault for its actions. According to the California Civil Code 3342, the owner can be legally responsible whether or not the dog showed aggressive tendencies beforehand.

When faced with injury due to dog bite, it is important to seek proper medical care to prevent further trauma and infection. An attorney specialized in dog bite injuries and experienced in and out of court is especially important.

Michael Ehline's experience in the field has enabled him to help hundreds of similar injury victims gain compensation for their injuries. He especially aims to help children of such attacks and has a record that is second to none.

Ehline Law is available 24/7 for consultation and one of our team members will meet you anywhere in the state to hear your story. Call or email us today for more information, or go here to learn more.

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