Dog Bite News & Info

An woman in her 90s has died after being attacked by a pit bull in Virginia Beach. Police say they arrived on scene around 7:30 PM the night of May 30, 2017. The woman had fallen and was attacked on the floor by a 1-year-old American pit bull terrier. She was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.News outlets reported that the woman suffered severe bites and lacerations in the attack. Tragically, the woman succumbed to her injuries this morning.

The woman’s family report that the dog was a family pet, weighing about 50 pounds. The dog has been quarantined at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center. No further details have been released about the incident, because it is still under investigation.

We send our condolences to the family of the victim. We’ll be sharing updates to the story as more information is released.

While pit bull advocates and critics have argued for years about the danger of the breed, there’s no denying the simple fact that all animals are unpredictable. Regardless of how well a family pet might be trained, they can act viciously when it is least expected. When that vicious behavior happens around young children or the elderly, potential for serious injury increases. It is likely that the victim simply wasn’t strong enough to fight off the dog.

All pet owners must be aware of the risks of housing these animals – and of the potential for serious attacks to occur. No pet owner is immune.

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Dogs are beloved members of society, and these days, you can’t go far without running into a pooch at your favorite cafe or restaurant. As we incorporate our pets into more of our daily routine, though, we need to be careful to give dog bites and attacks the gravity they deserve. We would never dream of downplaying a person’s traumatic experience in a car accident or burglary, but too often, society can be dismissive of dog bite victims.

When a person survives a dog attack, their wounds may take several weeks or months to heal. But the pain they experience emotionally can linger for far longer. Children, in particular, can suffer lifelong phobias of dogs after experiencing an attack.

If your child or loved one has experienced a dog attack, be on the lookout for warning signs that they’re still hurting. Symptoms can include change in mood, drop in school or work performance, nightmares, a drop in interest in their favorite activities, poor sleep and a fear of dogs.

Up to 20 percent of children who experience dog bites and attacks show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. These symptoms are often overlooked or not connected back to the incident. Even after wounds heal, the scars left behind can permanently affect a person’s self-esteem. Facial wounds, in particular, can impact one’s sense of self worth.

Encourage loved ones who have been bitten by dogs to seek medical attention for even minor bites. After wounds heal, a therapist can help them cope with symptoms of PTSD.

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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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.

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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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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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.