Dog Bite News & Info

The brutal death of a 22-year-old woman from Goochland County has put a spotlight on the dangers of dog ownership. The December attack occurred as the woman was walking her two pit bulls near her home. Neighbors report hearing cries but no one witnessed the deadly attack. Police found the woman’s body mauled to death, with injuries to her face and neck. While it is easy to dismiss this as an outlier, the exception to the norm, the attack is making dog owners everywhere question their own relationship with their pets.

A new report suggests that while the pit bulls involved in this attack were certainly to blame for the death of the woman, the breed itself is not at fault. In fact, experts say any breed of dog can rise to the level of violence seen in this attack. The difference lies in the size and force in the animals involved. While a pit bull and chihuahua might both snap when angry, excited or scared, the difference in size makes the potential for serious injuries that much more obvious.

The full report details the deadly injuries suffered by the victim and points out that the two dogs involved may have fed into the pack mentality. This can cause otherwise well-behaved animals to act out in violent ways. That’s why experts discourage folks from getting too comfortable with their pets, even if they don’t have violent histories. Any dog could snap at any time, they say. And that’s a scary thought for pet owners everywhere.

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For many animal lovers, dogs are more than just man’s best friend: they’re members of the family. It can be hard to remember that dogs are, in fact, animals who are prone to unpredictable behavior. Given the fact that children can also act unpredictably, it is no surprise that children are often the subject of dog bites. While it’s impossible to protect your kids from every hazard, teaching them how to avoid dog bites is something every parent should do. Here are a few ways to protect them.

Educate Kids About Warning Signs

Dogs lash out when they are hungry, scared or angry. They don’t often attack without giving warning signs first, though. Educate your children about the warning signs dogs give off, like growls, putting their tail between their legs, or their fur on their back standing up. This isn’t a foolproof science, but they can be the red flags needed for little ones to back off.

Discourage Socializing with Strange Dogs

For kids who love animals, a walk in the park can be an exciting way to pet all kinds of friendly dogs. Unfortunately, though, setting up the idea that all dogs are friendly and safe to pet can lead to children approaching the wrong dog. Instead, allow kids to pet only their own dogs and the dogs you know have been adequately trained and are restrained by the owner.

Keep Dogs Restrained

Never leave your child alone with a dog, especially young children. When guests bring dogs into your home, ask that they stay on a leash or behind a baby gate. It might seem a bit extreme, but such measures can ensure your children stay safe.

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If the owner of the dog was careless, and their negligence led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim against the dog owner. If they knew of their pet’s propensity for violence and did nothing to prevent the animal from attacking, they can be held liable for the incident. If you’ve been attacked, you should contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and our no fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win.

 

When a Virginia Beach woman adopted a 1-year-old pit bull from a local animal shelter, she had no idea that the dog would go on to attack and kill her 91-year-old mother. The incident is one of the most horrific in a series of horrifying dog attacks. As more and more Virginians find themselves victims of violent dogs, lawmakers are questioning how to best prevent such attacks in the future.
 
It isn’t an easy problem to solve. Many shelters do not keep a record of their dogs’ histories, even if they behaved violently in the past. Take, for instance, the shelter that adopted out Blue, the pit bull who would go on to fatally attack the senior Virginia Beach woman. Forever Home centers on troubled dogs but did not share Blue’s violent past with the woman who adopted him.
 
Investigators recently discovered that Blue was originally sent to a New York shelter in December 2016 when he attacked a child. An animal rescue organization adopted him and sent him to live with in a foster home in Maryland Though the foster owner reported that while the dog had bad manners and little self-control, he was not violent. She went on to surrender the dog to Forever Home that spring.
 
Lawmakers want to focus on better tracking the history of violent dogs. As of now, it is incredibly difficult to know a dog’s history after it crosses state lines. Without increased regulations surrounding the surrendering of dogs, more and more attacks are bound to happen. A new law proposes that animal shelters and other agencies share animal histories before adopting out dogs. Though accidents can happen with any pet, adopting families deserve to know what they are getting themselves into before taking a dog home. We can only hope this common sense piece of legislation will pass and become law.
 
Regardless, our team of Virginia dog bite lawyers will continue to champion the rights of victims everywhere and fight for justice from irresponsible dog owners. If you or someone you love has been attacked by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a risk-free, confidential consultation. 

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If the owner of the dog was careless, and their negligence led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim against the dog owner. If they knew of their pet’s propensity for violence and did nothing to prevent the animal from attacking, they can be held liable for the incident. If you’ve been attacked, you should contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and our no fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win.

A pit bull has been shot by police in Newport News after biting an officer. Authorities say they were responding to a possible burglary in progress when a pit bull bounded out of the home in question. It bit one officer on the arm before letting go and charging at another. The officer shot the dog as it ran towards them. That officer was thankfully not attacked or bit.

The dog has been taken to a local vet for treatment, but no update has been given on its chances of survival. The injured police officer is said to be doing okay after the attack. Police are still investigating the incident.

Pit Bull Bites

Pit bulls have a nasty reputation, and incidents like this one certainly do not help their image. While some might argue that the dog was simply protecting its owner from strangers, others would say the violent dog was out of control and dangerous to everyone around it. While the debate continues about the safety of keeping pit bulls as pets, everyone will likely agree that this owner needed to keep better control of their pet.

Obedience Training

Pit bulls are not necessarily more violent than other types of dogs, but they are one of the strongest breeds. They’ve also been trained to bite hard and not let go easily. Because of this, obedience training is even more necessary than it is for the average dog. It’s also important to always keep such dogs on a leash when in public.

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If the owner of the dog was careless, and their negligence led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim against the dog owner. If they knew of their pet’s propensity for violence and did nothing to prevent the animal from attacking, they can be held liable for the incident. If you’ve been attacked, you should contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and our no fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win.

When we think of mugshots, we think of criminals who have been accused of horrific misdeeds. A new trend, however, is changing the way dog lovers see the breeds they love and connecting vicious attacks to a familiar scapegoat: the pit bull.

Long associated with deadly attacks, the pit bull has been the source of controversy for several decades now. Whatever your feelings toward the breed, there is undeniable evidence linking the dog to violence. Now, a collection of dog “mugshots” brings a visual representation of this disturbing trend to light.

2017 Dog Bite Fatalities

There were 39 fatal dog attacks in 2017. Of the 39, 22 of the dogs had identification photos. Collected by the Dogs Bite blog, and experts estimate that 82 percent of those photos were of pit bulls. A majority of them were family pets. While far from complete data, the photos reveal a striking pattern – and continued evidence for those in favor of breed bans.

Missing Mugshots

Photos do not exist of several of the dogs involved in fatal maulings in 2017. Breeds are not always included in news coverage about deadly attacks. Even when details are included, breeds are frequently misidentified. As any dog lover can tell you, many pups are mutts or combinations of many different breeds. That’s part of why the argument against pit bull bans holds water: it is incredibly difficult to know what breed a dog might be solely based on looks. Since it is unlikely that doggie DNA tests will become commonplace, though, we have only photos to go off of.

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If the owner of the dog was careless, and their negligence led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim against the dog owner. If they knew of their pet’s propensity for violence and did nothing to prevent the animal from attacking, they can be held liable for the incident. If you’ve been attacked, you should contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and our no fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win.