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Can Proper Training Reduce The Incidence Of Dog Attacks?

Dog attacks are caused by breeds or attacks?Statistics tell us that dog breeds such as pit bulls and rottweilers are responsible for the most serious and even fatal dog attacks. Pit bulls lead all dog breeds in fatal dog attacks in the U.S., even surpassing their rival, rottweilers, by almost double. However, condemning a few breeds due to lack of training or supervision by their owners will not stop dog attacks or fix the problem.

Nature Versus Nurture

Spaying and Neutering Dogs Can Lead to Less AccidentsResearch from the National Canine Research Foundation

The occurrence of dog bites is something every dog owner worries about in the back of his or her mind. If a dog bites a victim, an owner could be liable for paying thousands of dollars in operations or even be forced to put down the animal. Experts warn that there is no way to completely prevent the occurrence of a dog bite, however, there are ways to reduce the risk that a dog will sporadically bite a human.

Spaying and neutering dogs such as pit bulls can reduce the risk that these animals will bite people. In addition, dog owners can also take training courses through the Human Society to learn more about the behavior of their dogs. A training course can help a dog owner learn how to promote healthy behaviors in a dog and how to ensure that the dog remains tamed. Dog owners also learn how to socialize the dog with other dogs and people. The National Canine Research Foundation has found that spaying or neutering dogs has the ability to dramatically reduce the risk that these dogs will bite a human. The research also indicates that a dog that is not neutered is 2.6 times more likely to bite a human than neutered male dogs.

Unleashed dogs in Illinois causes a death on a bikeBiker Pronounced Dead After Serious Attack Involving Multiple Dogs

A recent tragic event in Harms Woods involved a bicyclist killed by attacking dogs. The bicyclist was simply riding on a pathway within the forest preserves, when out-of-control dogs suddenly mauled him. The pathway is a popular place for bicyclists who enjoy riding and viewing forest scenery.

Wladyslav “Walter” Bujak was a 68-year-old man who enjoyed cycling throughout the trails as a favorite pastime. His daughter, Joanne Bujak, has caused his sudden death “senseless” and something that “should have never happened.”

Children May Require Extensive Surgery from Dog BitesWhile dogs are often considered “man’s best friend” the animal can pose serious threats to the well-being and health of children. Because of the animal’s large canine claws and teeth, dog attacks can cause significant and massive trauma to victims, especially the young. Even when the physical injury of the dog bite heals, there is often emotional damage that might never go away. Dog bite victims usually endure intense distress anytime a dog is in their presence later in life, as a result of the attack in injuries they have suffered.

Responsibility of the Dog Owner

The dog owner has a responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone that comes within the dog’s space, to eliminate the potential of a attack or dog bite. Even if the dog has never been vicious in the past, the owner is still responsible and liable for any malicious action the dog causes even when the owner is not present. Because of that responsibility, the owner must properly train and socialize the animal, and keep all vaccinations up-to-date while ensuring the dog is always properly restrained.

Woman, Mother, Killed in Mauling incidentComplaints about an aggressive pit bull terrorizing a Stockton neighborhood went unanswered, and on April 11, 2013, that same pit bull attacked and killed 38-year-old Claudia Gallardo, a mother of three.

Russia Terrorizes Stockton Neighborhood

Russia was an aggressive, some would say mean-spirited, pit bull that had attacked, but never bit, people before. Neighbors had made a number of complaints concerning the dog to the San Joaquin County Animal Control. Animal Control took no action, however, because the pit bull lived on its owner’s property, which is surrounded by a chain-link fence.

chicago police have to kill a dogDogs have been raised in the homes of many families, where children in particular grow quite attached to the family pet. However, dogs can pose a very dangerous threat to young children in particular. In 2011, 42% of dog attacks that occurred, involved children who were eleven years of age or younger.

Children are in particular danger with aggressive dogs because of their small size and their inability to fight off a dog efficiently. Dogs usually attack the face or the limbs of children and therefore, children most often sustain serious injuries when involved in a dog attack.

Recently in Chicago, a police officer witnessed a pit bull attacking a young boy. The dog had attached itself to the calf of the boy’s leg and would not let go. The boy had done nothing to provoke the dog. The police officer was then forced to shoot and kill the animal.

Facial-Reconstructive-Surgery-Required-for-Dog-Bite-VictimFamily dog bites young visitor on the face

Dog-bites and attacks can prove to be a nightmare for the victim as indicated by several incidents. A young girl was invited to her friend’s house for a slumber party. Unfortunately, what was intended to be a fun-filled evening turned into an agonizing nightmare when the family dog ended up biting the victim several times both in the arms as well as in her face. The dog belonged to the English bulldog and Jack Russell terrier breeds.

The aftermath of the dog bite

springtime-dog-bite-safetyAs the weather gets warmer and Illinois residents start spending more time outside, there is a larger chance of running into dogs that are also out enjoying the outdoors.

Dog bites are too common, with an estimated 4.7 million a year in the U.S. In Chicago alone, there were over 1,700 dog bite reports in 2011. With spring and summer just around the corner, it is a good time for outdoor enthusiasts and dog owners alike to take heed of preventing dog bite attacks.

 Dog Bite Injuries

A dog’s instinct is to protect its territory and its master. Even a “friendly” dog can become aggressive if it feels threatened or thinks that someone is encroaching on property that they deem is theirs. Dog bites can range from a slight scratch to severe and even fatal injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control, 800,000 dog bites each year require medical treatment. Many severe dog bites result in:

  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Torn skin, tissue and muscle
  • Severe scarring

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Attacking DogThere are an estimated 4.7 million dog bites each year in the U.S., making up one-third of homeowner liability claims. However, even with the millions of dog bites, only about 15,000 claims are made each year.

Since most homeowner policies cover dog bites, it is surprising how many dog bite victims are choosing not to ask for compensation for their injuries.

Cost Of Dog Bite Injuries

Chicago Animal Bite StatisticsMan’s best friend is the leader of the pack when it comes to animal bites in Chicago. The city’s Commission on Animal Care cites that 1,830 animal bites were reported for 2011, which is down from the previous two years. Although there were bites from several wild animals on the list, 98% were from dogs.

Types of Dogs on the Prowl in Chicago

Every dog from the neighborhood mutt to Chihuahuas made the list for biting. The breeds listed are not 100% accurate as often it is up to the victim or police officer to determine what breed it was. However, even with inaccuracies, the American bad boys of the dog world, pit bull terriers and their mixed breeds, were by far the highest percentage of bites. Some of the top biters were categorized as: