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Pit bulls are dangerous.

That’s the stereotype, at least. It’s a belief that stops pit bulls from being adopted from animal shelters and prevents tenants with the dog from moving into some communities. But is the stereotype true?

13NewsNow recently reported on this very topic. Pit bulls accounted for 65 percent of all fatal dog attacks in the last 12 years. An animal shelter in Arlington, Virginia ranks dog bites in severity on a scale from one to six, with level six bites being fatal. The shelter says of the 10 level four bites they’ve dealt with this year so far, half were caused by pit bulls.

It’s true: pit bulls are fast, strong and aggressive. But experts say their size and extra wide mouths get them into trouble – they are no more aggressive than your average chihuahua. The difference is size and strength. It’s easy to fight off an attack chihuahua, but a vicious pit bull can be difficult to fend off.

There’s a common misconception that pit bulls possess a locking jaw that allows them to better grip when biting. Experts say that is simply not true. Pit bulls, like all other dogs, can bite down and lock their jaw, but the difference is in the size of their mouths, not the grip. Because pit bulls can open their mouths very wide, they tend to get a better grip than a smaller dog might.

13NewsNow concluded that while pit bulls are aggressive, they’re not the most aggressive of breeds. They don’t possess any kind of special lock jaw biting power, and bite the same way any other dog might. Are pit bulls the most dangerous kind of dog? Only you can decide for yourself.

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Two people have been killed in fatal pit bull maulings this month, reigniting a decades-long debate between critics and defenders of the breed.

The first incident occurred in Upper Mancugie Township, Pennsylvania, when a woman’s beloved pet pit bull-boxer mix attacked her on her back patio. Neighbors heard the woman shouting for help, and when they tried to distract the dog with food, the dog continued to bite at her throat. Even attempts to force the dog off of her with a wooden plank were futile, since the dog was able to break through the board with little effort. An off-duty police officer lived nearby and shot the dog with a tranquilizer. But it was too late – the woman had been killed by her pet.

Another incident occurred the same week in Dayton, Ohio. A 60-year-old man out for an early morning walk was attacked by a pit bull who escaped his leash. Investigations revealed that dog’s owners were actually in a nursing home at the time, leaving many to question how well the animals were being supervised. Though police arrived on scene to pull the dog off of the senior, he succumbed to his injuries.

Critics are holding up these attacks as evidence that pit bulls are indeed too deadly to own as pets. Pit bull defenders argue that any animal can be unpredictably violent and snap at any time. The debate isn’t likely to be settled anytime soon.

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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Health officials are on the hunt for two pit bulls they say bit a person in York County last week. The Peninsula Health District say the dogs – one light brown, the other dark brown – will need to be placed on home confinement if located.

The attack allegedly occurred outside the Walmart on Rochambeau Road. The dogs did not have on collars or ID tags at the time of the incident. They were retrieved by a man and woman shortly after the attack.

It’s critical that these dogs are found so that the victim will know whether or not a rabies shot is necessary. If these dogs were indeed rabid, the shot could be lifesaving for the victim.

Locating these animals will also mean locating their owner – and potentially holding them responsible for their pets’ actions. Pet owners owe it to their dogs and the public to train their animals and restrain them in public. If they don’t, disaster can strike, and the owners will be held liable for damages.

Depending on how bad the attack was, dog bite victims can sustain long-term injuries in such incidents. Hospital bills, lost wages and pain and suffering add up quickly. Pet owners can find themselves footing these bills. After all, no victim should be held responsible for the injuries they sustain in such an incident. We encourage all dog bite victims to reach out to an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer for advice.

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Insurance claims for dog bites and attacks grew by 18 percent last year. That’s the news from Bloomberg, who recently took a look at the troubling trend. The average dog bite claim cost insurers more than $30,000. That’s more than 70 percent more expensive than the average dog bite claim in 2003. Experts point to increasing medical costs and larger settlements as an explanation.

Just who is being attacked? In large part, children. Insurance experts estimate roughly half of all claims involve a child being bitten. Kids and dogs often misunderstand each other, which children missing key warning signs that a dog is angry or irritated. It pays to teach kids not to approach strange dogs without asking for permission first, but even then, accidents can happen.

Letter carriers were also at risk in 2016. The U.S. Postal Service said that the number of dog attacks increased by 200 incidents last year. The stereotype of the angry dog chasing the friendly neighborhood mail man is a funny one – until you realize how much of a problem the adversarial relationship can be. Nearly 7,000 postal workers were attacked in 2016. Los Angeles and Houston were the cities that saw the most incidents.

While the number of dog bite insurance claims is troubling, there are some things both pet owners and pedestrians can do to prevent this number from rising even higher. Dogs should always be on a leash in public, and owners should monitors their pet’s temperament. Pedestrians and members of the public should avoid petting dogs withou permission of the owner, and stay alert to warning signs that the dog might be growing upset.

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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.

A 15-month-old attacked by a pit bull this month will likely suffer life-long complications as a result of the incident. The Iowa accident occurred when a family adopted a dog from a shelter’s “death row” – a list of animals due to be euthanized if they’re not adopted. Two hours after bringing the dog home, he bit a 15-month-old toddler who was visiting the family home. Doctors say the boy faces permanent damage.

Though the dog was given aggression tests by the Humane Society, these tests are imperfect. Even the most docile dog can become annoyed or triggered and lash out in a violent way. Rescue dogs often have mysterious histories – it’s impossible to know 100 percent of an animal’s background. The dog in question may have been involved in dog fighting rings, some reports suspect. The fact that the dog was not spayed before being adopted out is highly controversial – most shelters require the procedure. Some argue that the dog was sold as a boxer-Labrador mix, when it may indeed be a pit bull.

Police say they have cited the owners of the dog. The parents of the victim have filed two lawsuits – one against the owners of the dog and one against the Humane Society. They’re looking for compensation for the medical bills racked up in the days and weeks following the attack – and potentially for years to come.

This tragic incident only highlights the danger of adopting a dog whose background is unknown. Take care around pets who have been recently adopted from a shelter – you simply never know what might be lurking in their history.

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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.