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dob bite lawyersMost estimates indicate that at least 70 million dogs live with companion owners or families in the United States. Dogs are a central component of our culture, and few if any countries in the world love their canine friends as much as we do. If you walk down the street of any neighborhood, you are likely to see dogs of several different breeds, colors and sizes and you are likely to see most if not all of them looking as though they are clean and extremely well fed. That’s just how important dogs are in the lives of Americans.

Unfortunately, if you walk down just about any street in any neighborhood, you are also likely to encounter dogs that are poorly trained and/or poorly secured. This obviously presents a danger to anyone who happens to be in the area. While dogs are guardians for their owners against trespassers and the like, too many people who are doing nothing wrong wind up being badly injured or worse because of dog bite attacks. These attacks have risen in number in recent years, and perhaps more awareness with regards to this problem could prompt more people to do something about it.

 

Below are 10 troubling facts regarding dog bite attacks in the United States. This information was provided by the American Humane Association.

  1. Approximately 4.7 million dog bite attacks occur in the United States every year.
  2. Nearly 800,000 of these dog bite attacks require some form of medical care.
  3. Approximately 92 percent of fatal dog attacks involve male dogs, and of those 94 percent of those males are not neutered.
  4. Nearly 25 percent of all fatal dog attacks in the United States involved chained dogs.
  5. More than 70 percent of dog bites involve the extremities on the human body including the arms, legs, hands and feet.
  6. Nearly 70 percent of attacks occurred on or near the victim’s property and the victim knew the dog that attacked.
  7. The insurance industry pays out an estimated $1 billion per year in claims because of dog bite attacks.
  8. Of the 238 recent fatal dog bite attacks in the United States, at least 25 different breeds of dogs have been involved.
  9. Nearly 25 percent of fatalities from dog bites occurred because unrestrained dogs had left their owner’s property.
  10. Nearly 60 percent of fatal dog attacks occur on the owner’s property.

Obviously, these are troubling statistics, and they should motivate dog owners to consider the following if they haven’t already:

  1. Make sure that your dog is properly restrained while on your property, either with a quality fence, a strong chain or both.
  2. Make sure you take time to socialize your dog properly so that he or she is comfortable around human beings.
  3. Work with a trainer if it’s necessary in order to obtain the ability to control your dog with verbal commands.
  4. Make sure that your dog gets enough exercise every day.
  5. Have your dog spayed or neutered.

These steps will not prevent all dog attacks, but if every owner did these things the number of dog bite attacks would almost certainly come down. If you or someone you love has been injured in this type of an incident, contact the Las Vegas injury lawyers at the Sam Harding Law Firm to schedule a free initial consultation.

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