Dog Bite News & Info

Statistics on fatal dog attacks have been released for 2016 with some surprising findings. Dogsbite.org announced their annual report of dog bite statistics this week. According to the data, 31 people were killed in dog-bite related incidents. 77 percent of the dogs involved were pit bulls and rottweilers – a fact that the dog bite victim advocacy group made sure to highlight in their report.

In addition to breed information, the report had other interesting findings. Nearly half of all victims were children under the age of nine years old. This is unsurprising – many children misread warning signals from dogs who are angry or scared and are about to lash out. Female victims outnumbered male. 42 percent of all victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the owner of the dog at the time of the attack. This also makes a lot of sense – when dogs feel territorial about their space, a visitor can seem intrusive and threatening.

61 percent of all fatal attacks involved more than one dog. At their core, dogs are pack animals, and whether they’re playing or fighting, they can sometimes egg one another on. This makes the attack more serious and often results in more serious injuries.

There are a lot of conclusions to be drawn from this data. A few warnings remain universal. Families with young children should teach kids about respecting an animal while it is eating – that’s when many violent attacks occur. Visitors to homes with large dogs should be cognizant of their behavior around the dog and keep an eye out for growling, bristled fur and other warnings signs the dog may attack.

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Off-leash dogs aren’t just a nuisance – they can be downright dangerous. That’s the message one Lynchburg woman is hoping to spread following a tragic attack on her pet. The incident occurred in December, when her beloved pet dog was attacked while on a walk around the neighborhood. A brown dog without a leash or owner in sight came up to the woman’s little bichon frise and bit it on the neck. Sadly, the pup’s neck was broken in the incident. Though the owner rushed the dog to the veterinarian for emergency care, the dog was pronounced dead shortly after.

Whether a human or a beloved pet is attacked, an unleashed dog is undeniably dangerous. That’s why leash laws exist. In Lynchburg, it’s illegal for a dog to roam free, even if it has its shots and is licensed. Police and animal control can seize a dog they spot running off leash and impound the animal. Though this happens frequently, they can’t be everywhere at once – inevitably, a dog gets off leash and attacks.

Pet owners should be concerned about leash laws – not only do they ensure your dog won’t be randomly attacked by a strange dog, they also protect your pup from being impounded. Even better, leash laws discourage pet owners from letting their dog roam free and potentially getting hit by a car.

Dog owners should always leash their dogs when not inside their own fenced yard or within a dog park. Why risk your beloved pet’s life – or freedom – when a leash is such a viable option?

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The legal definition of a dangerous dog is set to change in Virginia. That’s the news out of Richmond, following a unanimous vote of 97-0 in favor of the change. Delegate Matthew Farris of Rustburg introduced the bill, which gives animal control officers the option of deciding whether an animal who bites is indeed dangerous.

The current law requires officials to summon the dog’s owner to court, where they will have to explain why their dog shouldn’t be considered dangerous. If the court finds the dog is indeed dangerous, the owner must pay a $150 fee to obtain a dangerous dog certificate. The dog is also placed on a state-wide registry.

The bill aims to prevent animal control officers from summoning pet owners whose dogs are truly not dangerous. Though nips from puppies are innocent enough, this is a slippery slope. Where does the line get drawn between playful bites from a young dog still learning to play safely and an older dog playing rough – and seriously injuring someone? This gray area could make it more difficult for dog bite victims to seek justice following attacks.

Supporters of this bill say it will help educate the public about the criteria for an actual dog bite. Still, some experts worry about how the word “dangerous” might be interpreted by each individual animal control official. Without black and white terminology, it could be very difficult to get a dangerous dog onto the registry. This bill could have long reaching ramifications for dog bite victims throughout the state.

The bill will continue on to the Virginia state Senate, where our representatives will determine if the legal definition of a dangerous dogs should indeed be changed. Regardless of how this all works out, we’ll be here to advocate for victims no matter if the dog in question was on a “dangerous” list or not.

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The debate about the safety of pit bulls has waged for years, and no matter where you stand on the issue, there’s no denying that pit bulls are involved in a large number of attacks annually. That’s why one advocacy group has made it their mission to collects photographs of dogs involved in deadly attacks. The site claims that some animal control officials mislabel the breeds of dangerous dogs, which is why photographic evidence is so critical.

Another reason why the photos are helpful? Because dog breeding can get messy, genetically speaking. Not all mutts are the same – indeed, many have troubling backgrounds, with traits of pit bulls, Rottweilers and bull dogs lying dormant until it is too late. While it’s impossible to know a dog’s temperament by looking at them, it certainly helps to recognize generally what violent dogs look like.

Dogs Bite has photos of 26 of the 29 dogs involved in fatal attacks in 2016. Most often, these photos come from the news media in their reporting of the incidents. Many advocate for a mandatory release of photos of every dog quarantined after a dangerous attack. While its true that dogs of any breed can and do snap, causing injuries and fatalities, pit bulls are consistently one of the leading breeds associated with such behavior. Awareness of what these dogs – purebred or mixed – look like is a matter of public safety.

We recommend familiarizing yourself with the dogs involved in deadly attacks, but stay cautious of all unfamiliar dogs. No matter the breed, if an animal feels threatened, they are likely to lash out in dangerous ways.

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It is the most wonderful time of the year, with many of us finishing up our holiday shopping online. Inevitably, online shopping means a delivery worker will end up on your door at one point or another. If you’ve got a dog, this could spell trouble.

Dogs are territorial creatures who will protect their space at all costs. Mail workers, on the other hand, are simply doing their jobs. Since most of us can’t imagine life without our pooches or our mail, the war wages on.

But with the advent of online shopping, dog attacks on postal workers have skyrocketed. A decade ago, you might have had one mailman stopping by your home daily. Now, with UPS, FedEx and other delivery companies delivering packages constantly, dogs are on the defensive.

Protect your friendly neighborhood delivery person – and your beloved pup – by following these tips:

1. Expect visitors. Most people generally know when they are expecting a package delivery. With that in mind, be a responsible pet owner and make sure your dog is in another room – with the door closed – when you open your home to a delivery worker.

2. Exercise your furry friend. Dogs need to run and play to stay mentally and physically stimulated. Bearing that in mind, a bored dog can be a dangerous one. Without exercise, bored canines can fixate on mail workers – often, it is the only excitement they experience all day. By wearing out your dog at the park, he will be less likely to attack an approaching stranger.

3. Post warning signs. Whether you’ve got a Chihuahua or a Doberman, posting a warning about your dog can be extremely helpful to delivery workers. Knowing a dog could be lurking in the yard allows them to stay on guard against a potential attack.

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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.