Continuing our series on dog bites and dog attacks, have you ever wondered where you are more likely to be bitten? There are many, many sites and sources that would have you believe that there is a dog bite epidemic, there is not. Nevertheless if you or a loved one has suffered a dog attack you should contact an experienced dog bite attorney to discuss your options. There is a lot of inaccurate information regarding dog bites and many sites and blogs post somewhat scary statistics regarding the high incidence of dog bites, dog maimings and fatalities. Because the incidence of dog bites/attacks and the dog populations in the U.S. have not been correctly analyzed, there is not a sure-fire way to determine the actual risk factor.
However, having said there is no dog bite epidemic, dog bites and attacks can be extremely serious injuries and often life-altering events. One has only to look at the photos of children and victims of dog bites to understand the gravity of the long-term effects. It is critical that if you or a family member is attacked by a dog to get immediate help, both medical and likely legal.
5 Quick Safety Tips
- Watch your dogs especially around children and elderly.
- Train and socialize your dog.
- Educate your children on dog safety, remember 79% of all fatal attacks were on children under the age of 12.
- Watch for any aggressive behavior on the dog’s part.
- Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. Always use caution when bringing a cog into a household with an infant or toddler.
Where are You More Likely to be Bitten?
Karen Delise conducted an extensive study of fatal dog attacks from 1965 to 2001 (and has likely updated her findings since then). Below you can see the result of her extensive research:
• 73% involved dogs within the boundaries of the owners’ property
• The data also shows that pit bulls commit the vast majority of off-property attacks that result in death [DogBite.org Survey]
• Only 18% (16 of 88) of the fatal attacks occurred off owner property, yet pit bulls were responsible for 81% (13 of 88 fatalities) of off-property attacks [DogBite.org Survey]
• 10% involved leashed dogs or miscellaneous circumstances
• 17% resulted from attacks by dogs roaming off their owners’ property
• 25% by chained dogs
• 25% by dogs in yard
• 23% by dogs inside the home
Surprisingly, it made no difference whether or not the dogs were chained as 75% involved in fatalities were not chained, and yet this has been frequently cited by animal rights proponents to cause aggression.
DogsBite.org founder Colleen Lynn adds, “The off-property statistical data about pit bulls shows just how dangerous they are.” She noted that six senior citizens were killed under these circumstances: “Two were killed while standing in their own backyard,” she said. “Four others were killed while taking a morning walk or getting the mail.”
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