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A pit bull has been shot by police in Newport News after biting an officer. Authorities say they were responding to a possible burglary in progress when a pit bull bounded out of the home in question. It bit one officer on the arm before letting go and charging at another. The officer shot the dog as it ran towards them. That officer was thankfully not attacked or bit.

The dog has been taken to a local vet for treatment, but no update has been given on its chances of survival. The injured police officer is said to be doing okay after the attack. Police are still investigating the incident.

Pit Bull Bites

Pit bulls have a nasty reputation, and incidents like this one certainly do not help their image. While some might argue that the dog was simply protecting its owner from strangers, others would say the violent dog was out of control and dangerous to everyone around it. While the debate continues about the safety of keeping pit bulls as pets, everyone will likely agree that this owner needed to keep better control of their pet.

Obedience Training

Pit bulls are not necessarily more violent than other types of dogs, but they are one of the strongest breeds. They’ve also been trained to bite hard and not let go easily. Because of this, obedience training is even more necessary than it is for the average dog. It’s also important to always keep such dogs on a leash when in public.

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If the owner of the dog was careless, and their negligence led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim against the dog owner. If they knew of their pet’s propensity for violence and did nothing to prevent the animal from attacking, they can be held liable for the incident. If you’ve been attacked, you should contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and our no fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win.

When we think of mugshots, we think of criminals who have been accused of horrific misdeeds. A new trend, however, is changing the way dog lovers see the breeds they love and connecting vicious attacks to a familiar scapegoat: the pit bull.

Long associated with deadly attacks, the pit bull has been the source of controversy for several decades now. Whatever your feelings toward the breed, there is undeniable evidence linking the dog to violence. Now, a collection of dog “mugshots” brings a visual representation of this disturbing trend to light.

2017 Dog Bite Fatalities

There were 39 fatal dog attacks in 2017. Of the 39, 22 of the dogs had identification photos. Collected by the Dogs Bite blog, and experts estimate that 82 percent of those photos were of pit bulls. A majority of them were family pets. While far from complete data, the photos reveal a striking pattern – and continued evidence for those in favor of breed bans.

Missing Mugshots

Photos do not exist of several of the dogs involved in fatal maulings in 2017. Breeds are not always included in news coverage about deadly attacks. Even when details are included, breeds are frequently misidentified. As any dog lover can tell you, many pups are mutts or combinations of many different breeds. That’s part of why the argument against pit bull bans holds water: it is incredibly difficult to know what breed a dog might be solely based on looks. Since it is unlikely that doggie DNA tests will become commonplace, though, we have only photos to go off of.

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If the owner of the dog was careless, and their negligence led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim against the dog owner. If they knew of their pet’s propensity for violence and did nothing to prevent the animal from attacking, they can be held liable for the incident. If you’ve been attacked, you should contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and our no fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win.

As investigations into the death of a Goochland pit bull owner continue, we’re learning more and more about the dogs in question. The pit bull that mauled the woman to death while on a walk in her neighborhood has a history of aggression, news reports say. The dog, named Pacman, had previously been adopted from a shelter and returned after he snapped at the owner.

History of Aggression

This news comes on the heels of a similar attack that occurred in Virginia Beach earlier this year. A senior citizen was viciously and fatally attacked by a pit bull that had been adopted earlier that day. Investigations into her death revealed that the dog in question had been adopted out and returned for aggressive behavior. This occurred before the dog was moved across state lines, essentially giving the animal a clean slate. The woman who adopted the dog in Virginia Beach was not told of his violent history.

Registry for Violent Dogs

While there is no easy solution for tracking the violent behaviors of dogs, some have suggested a national registry for aggressive pets. As it stands now, dogs may be tracked at the state level, but once the animal is relocated to a new area, their history can be easily covered up. Some advocates say that a registry for aggressive dogs could change the way people adopt pets and add dogs to their families. At the very least, a registry like this might prevent some of the horrific deaths associated with dog attacks.

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If the owner of the dog was careless, and their negligence led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim against the dog owner. If they knew of their pet’s propensity for violence and did nothing to prevent the animal from attacking, they can be held liable for the incident. If you’ve been attacked, you should contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and our no fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win.

A family is grieving the loss of their young daughter this holiday season after she succumbed to injuries sustained in a vicious pit bull attack. Tragically, the dogs involved were her own pets. Police say the woman took her dogs for a walk in her neighborhood in Goochland County earlier this week. When she did not return home, the woman’s father went looking for her. He found the dogs guarding the woman’s body in a wooded area.

When police came to the scene to investigate, they found that the woman had suffered traumatic, life-threatening wounds to her throat and face. Investigators say she was taken to the ground and knocked unconscious before being brutally mauled by her pit bulls. Defensive wounds indicate that the victim put up a fight but could not get the dogs off of her.

Why the breed of the dogs matters

The pit bull debate has raged for years, and while many advocates might argue that the breed of the dogs involved in this horrifying attack does not matter, the reality is that people need to be aware of the breed’s propensity for violence. While it may be true that pit bulls are no more violent than other dogs, they are bigger, stronger and less likely to stop attacking once they start than other kinds of canines.

What to do after a dog attack

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a dog attack, call the police for help. They can ensure the dogs in question are removed from the area and, if necessary, put down.

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If the owner of the dog was careless, and their negligence led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim against the dog owner. If they knew of their pet’s propensity for violence and did nothing to prevent the animal from attacking, they can be held liable for the incident. If you’ve been attacked, you should contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and our no fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win.

A fatal dog attack in Virginia Beach may lead to new legislation surrounding the adoption of pets in the state of Virginia. A new proposal from a Virginia Beach lawmaker would require animal shelters and other agencies to alert potential adopting families of the pet’s bite history. Any organization that fails to do so would be charged a $1,000 fine. Local legislators call it a common sense approach to regulating animal adoptions.

The call for increased regulations comes after the horrific attack on a Virginia Beach senior citizen earlier this year. The woman adopted a pit bull from a local animal rescue without knowing the dog had a violent history. The same day he was brought home, the dog viciously attacked the woman. She died as a result of the attack.

Why are we sharing this story?

As dog lovers, we know how much joy pets can bring families. We also know about the thousands of animals in need of homes. By connecting families with dogs that have no bite history, both people and pets can have safe and happy homes. The tragic attack on the senior citizen earlier this year highlights the need for change in our state.

What steps should I take after a dog bite?

Always seek medical attention after being bitten by a dog, even if the dog in question belongs to your family. Document the damage done in the attack and write out exactly what happened as soon after the incident as possible. Contact a Virginia dog bite lawyer for help pursuing a claim.

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If the owner of the dog was careless, and their negligence led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim against the dog owner. If they knew of their pet’s propensity for violence and did nothing to prevent the animal from attacking, they can be held liable for the incident. If you’ve been attacked, you should contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and our no fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win.