Dog Bite News & Info

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.

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A dog’s home is his territory. Any time a stranger steps foot on the property, a dog’s senses are heightened. While most pups won’t lash out violently when they find guests on their turf, they may become more easily agitated. Agitation is often what leads to dog attacks, so it’s important bear in mind the risks. If you’re hosting friends and loved ones at your place this Independence Day, follow a couple of easy tips to ensure both human and animal party guests feel safe.

Leashing your dog or putting him on a lead connected to a tree is the best way to make sure you dog is secure. It also guarantees that folks uncomfortable with dogs can stay away from your pet with ease. If you choose not to leash your dog for the barbecue, ensure your pet is in a fenced yard with no chance for escape. Gates swinging open and closed as guests arrive are a surefire way for your dog to escape and risk getting hit by a car.

Feed your dog before folks arrive, and offer him plenty of treats during the BBQ. Your primary party activity will likely be eating the kinds of food dogs dream about: hot dogs, burgers, sausages and steaks. To avoid any squabbles over food with the pooch, feed him a big meal before guests arrive and continue to give him treats throughout the event so he won’t feel aggressive towards people eating.

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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Even the friendliest of dogs can turn violent when they feel threatened or afraid. Most of the time, though, dog bite victims did nothing to contribute to the attack — they are unfortunate victims of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When it is a friend’s dog who has bitten you, though, things can become complicated. While pursuing legal action against a friend or neighbor might sound intimidating, it is often necessary when dog owners fail to take responsibility for the attack. If you’ve been injured in a dog attack, there are several factors worth keeping in mind.

Consider if the dog has a violent history. This can help inform your next move. If you believe the dog has attacked others in the past, and your friend knew of the risks but did nothing to prevent another bite from occurring, they could be held liable for your injuries.

Consider who is at fault. While no one deserves to be bitten or attacked by a dog, be honest about the interaction you had with the pet. Was the attack avoidable? Did you know of the dog’s risky temperament before the attack? Were you trespassing on the home owner’s property?

Consider the evidence. If the case comes down to your word versus the dog owner’s, will your side of the story ring true? It’s important to preserve evidence as soon as an attack occurs. Take photos of injuries, save ripped or bloodied clothing and ask witnesses for their account of the incident.

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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When a 91-year-old was killed by her pet pit bull in Virginia last month, locals were shocked. A few, though, reached out to local news sources to provide information about the shelter from which the dog came. 13News reports that the Forever Home Rehabilitation Center in Virginia Beach adopted out the pit bull in question. Former employees told 13News that though the center’s mission was to rehabilitate aggressive dogs, that didn’t always happen.

“Dogs are coming in, and sometimes within as little as one week or two weeks, coming in with dangerous bite histories from the rescues, and being adopted right back out to the public,” the former employee said in an interview with 13News.

A 2015 inspection report offers similarly troubling details. Multiple cages in the center were deemed unsafe and without proper ventilation, a foul odor lingered in the area. In one case, a dog was not given proper emergency medical care and died. While the center has undergone inspections and passed since 2015, the details certainly don’t paint a great picture for families hoping to adopt dogs from them.

While none of the information provided about the rehab center includes specifics about the pit bull in question, it does help provide context about the environment in which the animal was allegedly rehabilitated. Animal shelters and rehab centers like this one may have the best intentions, but become quickly overwhelmed when they receive a surplus of animals. It’s not surprising to learn that behavioral training might get pushed aside by busy administrators — but it’s certainly troubling for the family of the pit bull attack victim.

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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An Alabama man is recovering following a dog attack in a place you might not expect: the Atlanta airport.

The man was boarding a flight to San Diego when another passenger’s emotional support dog attacked. Witnesses report seeing the victim covered in blood. He was transported to a local hospital to treat bites on his face.

The chocolate lab pointer mix was issued to his owner, a military service man from North Carolina, as a support animal. The dog and its owner were removed from the plane, but were eventually allowed to fly to their destination. The dog had to be put in a kennel for the flight, though.

As emotional support animals become more common in society, we must work to better understand their limitations and risks. Though emotional support dogs can work miracles for their owners, they are, at the end of the day, animals. Even the best trained animals can be unpredictable. Dogs may be well-behaved in their home, their backyard or in other places in which they feel comfortable, but they can struggle with overstimulation while in a new place.

It’s possible that the emotional support dog at the airport felt overwhelmed by the plethora of sounds, sights and smells with which he was unfamiliar. Even people find themselves stressed by airports!

The question remains, then, whether emotional support animals put others at risk. This is a debate that won’t likely be settled anytime soon. But dog owners should know that even the best trained animals with the best intentions can perform staggeringly violent acts.

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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