Dog Bite News & Info

When most of us think of Huskies, we picture gorgeous, snowy-white dogs bounding through the tundra ice. Others picture their beloved pet. For some, though, huskies are synonymous with something more sinister: crib snatching.

That’s the term used by some critics of the Husky breed of dog. They say the breed has a long track record of killing newborn babies in their bassinets. That’s exactly what happened in Bangor, Maine earlier this summer.

A couple was visiting family in Bangor when the family Husky attacked their sleeping infant at 5:30 AM. Though the dog had not been aggressive before, the parents awoke to find the dog attacking their baby. Tragically, the child succumbed to injuries sustained in the attack.

The dog will be euthanized, sources report.

This is far from the first time a Husky has acted in such a way. In Rhode Island in 2005, a 7-day-old newborn was pulled from her crib by the family Husky when her mother left the room momentarily. The baby was fatally wounded in the attack. Similar instances have occurred in New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois and Minnesota.

While not all huskies may act this way, the connection between the events is certainly disturbing. If you have a husky at home, be sure to never leave them unattended with a baby or young child. That is good advice for any breed of large dog.

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A Georgia woman has been arrested on charges of second-degree cruelty to children and involuntary manslaughter following a fatal pit bull attack on her grandchild. The incident occurred in the woman’s home, where she was babysitting her 20-month-old grandson. She and the toddler were outside when the pet pit bulls came bounding out of the house, knocking her down before attacking the child.

The woman was able to get the dogs off of the child, put them inside and rush the boy to an urgent care facility. Tragically, it was too late: just 20 minutes after the attack, the child succumbed to his injuries.

Police have not yet confirmed that the pit bulls involved in the attack belonged to the woman, but revelations about the woman’s pet ownership history point to some scary facts. She has been charged with maintaining disorderly animals on multiple occasions. Incidents including the dogs running around the neighborhood untethered and being tangled in their leashes are said to have led to the charges.

The two pit bulls involved in the attack will be put down. The grandmother was recently released on a $50,000 bond.

We send our condolences to the parents of the toddler killed in this horrific attack.

No matter how you feel about the reputation of pit bulls, there’s no denying that large dogs can be incredibly dangerous towards young children. If you have both toddlers and dogs in your home, take extra precaution to restrain the animals when the baby is present.

Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer – Richard Serpe

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The Portsmouth Humane Society says they will stop classifying dogs by breed, WAVY reports. The shelter has struggled to identify many of the animals that arrive on their door and conducting DNA tests for each dog is quite expensive. The Humane Society’s external affairs director said he also believed that breed labels can often limit a dog’s potential to get adopted.

“A lot of people will look at a breed and label that dog as, ‘Oh it’s this, so it’s not going to be good with kids,’ or ‘It’s going to be good at this,’ and the reality is that these are dogs that have been mixed. They’re not purebred, and to judge them based on just a quick glimpse, we’re trying to get people to focus on the dog as an individual,” he told WAVY.

While adopting out animals in need of homes is great, the reality is that certain breeds are indeed associated with an increased risk of attacks and bites. It is understandable that not all dogs are easily identifiable by breed, but to fail to classify particularly dangerous dogs is a big risk to put on families hoping to adopt a new pet.

Time and time again, pit bulls, Staffordshire terriers, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers are found to be perpetrators of violence. While not every dog of these breeds is necessarily prone to violence, there’s no denying that these breeds are the most common dogs involved in violent attacks.

Animal shelters owe it to families to be honest about the backgrounds of the dogs they are adopting out.

Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer – Richard Serpe

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Hundreds of new laws took effect earlier this week, as the efforts of the General Assembly’s session finally paid off. One of the most important changes is the way the state defines “dangerous” dogs.

In the past, dangerous dogs have been given that label anytime they bit another creature, human or animal.

Now, animal control officers will have more discretion when determining if a dog is indeed a danger to the public. The “dangerous” category for dogs has been split into two subcategories, depending on the victim. The animal control officers can also looked at the severity of the injury and make a judgment call on whether or not the pup is a threat to society.

Though many pet owners were relieved to hear about this change, dog bite victims may not be as excited. When a pet owner has a dog with a record of dangerous behavior, it can be easier for victims to seek legal action against them and their pet.

Now, the determination of a dog’s level of danger is done by much more subjective parties. An animal control officer may try to be impartial, but can be influenced by a number of factors. While black and white laws may seem harsh on dogs that truly aren’t dangerous, the old law was very clear in determining if a dog had a violent past. Now, the waters are bit muddied — who can really know if the incident in which the dog bit a cat or a hamster was indeed just playful fun?

Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer – Richard Serpe

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Investigations into the fatal pit bull attack of a Virginia Beach senior citizen reveal shocking conclusions: the dog in question had lashed out violently before. The Virginian-Pilot recently published an extensive piece detailing the history of the dog in question, a pit bull named Blue. Adopted out of the Forever Home shelter in Virginia Beach, Blue fatally attacked a 90-year-old woman the first night in his new home.

Investigations reveal Blue bit a child back in December and landed in a New York City municipal shelter. The bite broke the child’s skin, reports say. A Pennsylvania-based shelter took Blue in and placed him in a foster home. A volunteer with the Pennsylvania shelter remembers how poorly behaved the dog was, and how frequently he grabbed things with his mouth. Though the volunteer says Blue never hurt anyone in her home, additional training was necessary. It’s unclear whether he ever received such training.

When Blue was adopted by a Virginia Beach woman, no details on the dog’s history of violence were given. She was warned, though, that the dog had been adopted out twice and returned both times out of fear of the dog’s behavior. There are no laws compelling shelters or animal rescues to disclose the history of aggressive dogs.

Perhaps there should be. Given this dog’s violent past, perhaps the woman who adopted him would have chosen another pet. The violent and painful death of her mother was a shock no animal lover could have anticipated.

Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer – Richard Serpe

Our attorneys have been helping victims injured in accidents caused by someone else’s negligence for over 28 years. . We are also sensitive to the need to conduct a prompt investigation, which is necessary to prevail in the case against the person responsible.  If you’d like to speak with us about your situation contact us.

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