Dogs are some of the nicest pets that an animal lover can have. But they are animals, and such, some have a temperament that can be unpredictable. Even if they are calm and gentle with their owners they may behave much differently near others. Pit bull terriers have a bad reputation for being mean dogs that bite. Many factors can contribute to this, but the reality is that dogs, in general, are not born to be monsters; this includes pit bulls. However, as a larger, very strong breed, this dog is often used for fighting because of their genetic makeup.
Pit bull attacks, or any kind of dog attacks, can be scary and very tragic nonetheless. Animal attacks by these fast-moving, powerful animals can have repercussions including serious lacerations, concussions, bacterial infections, sprains, strains, permanent disfigurement, and scarring, etc. Not only doe these attacks cause physical bodily injuries, but they can also cause severe psychological harm. The United States report roughly 4.5 million dog bites every year from various breeds, and one in five bites will become infected, according to the CDC.
Dog bites can happen to anyone but children are more at risk. Young children should always be supervised with a dog in the home and especially outside of the home around dogs they don’t know. Children aren’t going to inherently know that they must ask before petting a dog, young ones won’t know that their erratic excited motions and noises can cause distress in a dog, nor do they know that what they consider playing with a dog could be antagonizing the animal.
A study about pediatric dog bites looked at children between 5 and 18 months of age and out of the 551 dog bite victims in this range, there were over 50% that were from pit bull terriers. Pit bulls’ lean and muscular builds give them immense strength. When they bite, the risk of more severe injuries is far higher than that of a smaller dog. If the dog has had a history of being bred for fighting or was abused, the devastating aftermath of an attack could even be deadly.
There are over 1,000 cities throughout the country that have laws on the books regarding specific breeds of dogs that statistically show a higher risk of hazards to the public. Some purebreds and mix-breeds are even banned because they are considered to be so dangerous. Military housing, for example, has over 300 locations that ban high-risk breeds, including pit bulls.
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported that:
When you or a loved one were the victims of a savage dog attack, you have the right to recoup compensation for your damages. An experienced Arizona dog bite attorney will know the laws in Arizona legislating dog bites. One of these experienced legal professionals will be able to provide you with effective guidance through the process of your personal injury claim.
A resourceful and knowledgeable Arizona serious injury attorney at ELG Law can help you during the aftermath of a dog attack, so you can focus on recovery. Call us today at 623-562-3838 and set up a free consultation to discuss your experience with one of our Phoenix dog bite attorneys at ELG Law.