What Are Dog Owner’s Responsibilities In An Attack?

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Here’s a letter to the editor that was published in the Baltimore Sun recently about dog attacks. It focuses on dog owner’s responsibilities not dog owner’s rights.

Read the whole story HERE.

The author is the mother of a boy who was attacked six years ago by a pitbull and who’s case led to a decision by a Maryland court that pit bulls are inherently dangerous.

She asks these questions in her letter.

1. “How will dog owners pay for catastrophic injuries caused by their dogs? Homeowners insurance is not required by law, it is required of homeowners by mortgage lenders. Renters can go uninsured.

2. The animal advocates say the largest portion of their shelter space is pit bulls and the greater share of their placement in foster homes are to renters. Any new law must consider the feasibility of a victim being able to gain a recovery.

3. Returning to common law with pit bulls and other dogs means a dog bite victim must prove negligence. The animal lobby says dog behavior is the dog owner’s fault, so then a dog bite itself should be evidence of negligence. Like them or not, muzzles are always available to dog owners, or they can choose a less dangerous breed to mitigate the risk of bites.”

Every year over 5 million Americans are attacked by a dog and bitten. Of those nearly 1,000,000 require hospitalization with the vast majority of them being children.

more info here

The best thing is to avoid dogs altogether. Unfortunately for millions of Americans who love to get their exercise in the great outdoors by walking, jogging or cycling that just doesn’t seem feasible. The second best thing to do is to arm yourself with a self-defense product that can protect you against a dog attack and prevent you from getting bitten.

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