When most people think of the Siberian Husky, they are remembered as the sled dogs used in the northern climates. One of the most beautiful breeds of dogs, these hard working animals can be great family dogs and are usually friendly. However, their independent nature can make them willful; when they feel threatened, they can be aggressive, especially toward children.
Hard Working Sled Dogs
Siberian Huskies are descended from what are considered the original sled dogs used in northeastern Asia, one of the oldest breeds of dogs known. These hearty animals have been used for centuries to pull sleds in cold climates and are equipped for the sub-zero temperatures with thick, heavy fur. The Siberian Husky was imported from the Siberian arctic to Alaska to during the gold rush as sled dogs and quickly became popular pets throughout North America.
These dogs are built for endurance and are extremely intelligent, making them the perfect work dog. The Siberian Husky has been used in the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race, where teams cover over 1,100 miles in extreme temperatures over several days. These dogs have the energy and stamina to perform in these types of races, making the switch to household pet a difficult one. In less stimulating environments, they can become bored and willful. Without work to focus on, they may become destructive and are prone to separation anxiety. Although usually good tempered, these intense dogs can become dangerous when not properly trained or handled.
Siberian Husky Bites
Although Siberian Huskies are not overly large, they are supreme predators, built for agility and speed. Most huskies are less than a hundred pounds, averaging around 50-60 pounds when full grown. However, it is not their size that makes them dangerous, but their intelligence, speed and tenaciousness. When a Siberian Husky decides to attack, it can be difficult for any person to outrun or outsmart this predator.
Over the last 30 years, the husky breeds have killed 25 people in the U.S. and Canada, putting them 4th on the list of dangerous dogs when it comes to fatalities. What is alarming about the husky breed is the amount of child victims. Out of almost 80 attacks where bodily harm was caused by a husky, 49 of these were children, only 5 were adult. The other attacks were fatalities or maimings.
Bite injuries from a Siberian Husky, especially to a child, can have serious and long term consequences. Children are more likely to be bit on their head and neck, putting them at risk of losing their sight or other senses. In addition to the initial wounds that must be treated, a child that must grow up with severe scarring and disfigurement from this type of attack can have emotional trauma. Even with procedures to reduce the appearance of scars, many children of dog attacks have some scarring for the rest of their life. Both children and adult victims of Siberian Husky bites and attacks may be able to receive compensation for their injuries from the owner of the dog to cover medical care and other expenses.Were you bitten by a Siberian Husky?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers knows the damage that a dog like a Siberian Husky can cause to a person by biting or physically attacking. Our Chicago dog attack attorneys will take the steps necessary preserve the evidence related the incident and maximize the damages for your injuries. As with all of our animal attack cases, these cases are handled on a contingency fee basis where there is not cost or obligation on your end to begin the prosecution of your case. Call us now to schedule a consultation. 888-424-5757
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