Dog Bite News & Info

A fatal dog attack in Virginia Beach may lead to new legislation surrounding the adoption of pets in the state of Virginia. A new proposal from a Virginia Beach lawmaker would require animal shelters and other agencies to alert potential adopting families of the pet’s bite history. Any organization that fails to do so would be charged a $1,000 fine. Local legislators call it a common sense approach to regulating animal adoptions.

The call for increased regulations comes after the horrific attack on a Virginia Beach senior citizen earlier this year. The woman adopted a pit bull from a local animal rescue without knowing the dog had a violent history. The same day he was brought home, the dog viciously attacked the woman. She died as a result of the attack.

Why are we sharing this story?

As dog lovers, we know how much joy pets can bring families. We also know about the thousands of animals in need of homes. By connecting families with dogs that have no bite history, both people and pets can have safe and happy homes. The tragic attack on the senior citizen earlier this year highlights the need for change in our state.

What steps should I take after a dog bite?

Always seek medical attention after being bitten by a dog, even if the dog in question belongs to your family. Document the damage done in the attack and write out exactly what happened as soon after the incident as possible. Contact a Virginia dog bite lawyer for help pursuing a claim.

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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 41-year-old Florida woman is one of several victims of fatal dog bites in 2017. Her attack occurred back in August but only made headlines this month. Reports show that the woman was found dead in her yard by a neighbor after being attacked by her beloved pet bulldog and pit bull. While it’s unclear what led to the attack, there’s no doubt that her pets were to blame for the vicious, fatal bites. The dogs were euthanized after police found the woman’s body.

Attacks like this one may shock dog owners, but they are more common than you might expect. Even loyal dogs can become overwhelmed by the instinct to kill perceived enemies. In some cases, dog owners become the target of this instinct by accident. Though dogs are not naturally inclined to attack humans, if they fear they are being threatened, they will lash out violently. Because no one was around to witness the Florida woman’s attack, we’ll never know what set the dogs off.

Less commonly, dogs who are sick or wounded can act violently towards those trying to help them. There has been no indication that the dogs involved in this fatal attack were hurt in any way. The reason for their attack will likely remain a mystery.

If you have dogs in your home, be sure to brush up on your knowledge of animal behavior and look for warning signs of aggression. By asserting dominance to the pets, you can ensure they know who is the leader of the pack.

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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 preteen from Indiana is recovering after a terrifying attack from a neighborhood dog. The incident occurred November 10th in Michigan City, Indiana. Authorities say the girl had been walking to school when a bullmastiff attacked. The girl ran inside a neighbor’s home, but the dog followed her inside and continued to attack. The dog could only be stopped by locking him in another room with the help of neighbors and police.

Reports indicate that the victim was bit all over her body, with only her face and left leg escaping attack. She was hospitalized in Indianapolis and has undergone four surgeries thus far. The road ahead for this young girl is likely rough. We send her our best wishes for a full recovery.

Even after the physical scars from this attack fade, the victim will likely bear the burden of the incident in her mind for the rest of her life. Children who are attacked by dogs often develop serious phobias of dogs that can haunt them for a lifetime. PTSD is also not uncommon in young dog attack victims.

It’s unclear who the dog belongs to or why it was roaming the street at the time of the attack. The bullmastiff in question has been quarantined until a decision is made about its fate. A criminal investigation into the attack is still underway.

If you worry about being attacked by neighborhood dogs, it may be a good idea to carry dog repellant on your person. The harmless spray acts on dogs the way pepper spray does on humans. Though it may sting in the moment, it does no permanent damage to the dog.

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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.

Dog repellent isn’t something most of us have much use for. For most people, dogs are beloved family pets or adorable neighbors. For postal workers, though, dogs can be more than a nuisance. More than 3,000 postal workers are involved in dog attacks each year. For that reason, dog repellent has become a popular option for anyone with a delivery route.

Made up of the same chemicals used in pepper spray, dog repellent is a safe spray used only when dogs are in attack mode. Postal workers are encouraged only to use the repellent when being actively attacked by a vicious dog. Should they need to use it, the spray’s effects wear off after ten minutes or so and leaves no permanent damage. The repellent also leaves a yellow mark that can be washed off with water, but serves as an easy way to identify dogs that may be rabid.

Dog repellent is a last resort for postal workers just hoping to do their jobs. Thankfully, the spray has been tested multiple times and has been approved for use by several animal rights groups. Dog repellent is not, however, a replacement for responsible pet owners. If you own a dog who is troubled by strangers, be proactive and ensure it cannot access postal workers and other delivery employees. Should your dog bite someone, you can be held responsible for the person’s medical bills and see your home insurance rates skyrocket.

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If you’ve been attacked by someone else’s dog, it is important that you collect as much evidence as possible. The Virginia dog bite lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC understand the need for an immediate investigation because proof is essential in obtaining the highest possible settlement or verdict for your case. If you’d like to speak with our Virginia dog bite lawyers, contact us for a free consultation 877-544-5323.

When a community has been affected by a dog attack, breed bans are a go-to strategy to combat fears among locals. But are breed bans effective? Some say no.

Dog breeds are constantly up for debate. Even veterinarians struggle to determine what breed a dog may or may not be. Given the mixing between breeds and the fact that shelter dogs do not often come with registration papers, it can be downright impossible to determine what breed a dog may be.

Some argue that breed bans are unconstitutional. In fact, several states have outlawed breed bans. Others say breed bans violate pet owners’ right to due process. Everyone from the Obama Administration to the Humane Society have come out in opposition to breed bans.

In the Netherlands, a 15 year ban on pit bulls was revoked after finding it was ineffective. A Canadian study found similar results: that there was no difference in the numbers of dog bites in communities with breed bans than in those without the bans.

Still, experts agree that dangerous dogs should be labeled as such. After a violent attack, the animal should be neutered, microchipped and forced to wear a muzzle in public. Owners should post signs alerting passersby to the dangerous dog on property, and buy personal liability insurance in case an attack happens again.


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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.