BUFFALO, N.Y. – Millions of American households claim they own at least one dog. Some homes host several dogs ranging in breed and size. While many dogs are friendly, it’s not a surprise that dog bite incidents are on the rise because there are millions of different dogs trained by many different owners. Dog bites however, can be prevented in almost every scenario.
Buffalo dog bite attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say every pet owner should take several precautions when introducing an animal to a new person.
“Educating pet owners is the key to preventing a tragedy in any city, including Buffalo,” dog bite attorney Ross Cellino said. “Simply having an adult present around animals and children can make the difference.”
Earlier this month, a Florida woman discovered a dog attacking an infant child. There were no adults nearby. The attacking boxer, a family pet, recently had puppies.
Not all cases can simply be prevented with adult supervision.
Recently, an Australian girl was bit on the face by a dog as she was leaving school. The six year-old was hospitalized with puncture wounds on her face, reportedly dealt by a German shepherd.
In this case, an adult was present but the child still suffered severe injuries.
“Spaying and neutering your pets can decrease their aggression but not all families go through with this procedure,” Cellino said. “These pet owners should know they’re taking a huge risk because they can be responsible for their pet’s actions.”
The vast majority of dog bite cases involve pit bulls and other similar breeds but experts believe every dog is equally capable of delivering a nasty bite.
A three country study conducted in 2005 found Jack Russell Terriers, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers were actually the breeds most frequently reported for aggression but the study added breed alone was not predictive of aggressive behavior. Perhaps, this is due to the popularity of these breeds.
Context of the incident is the most telling factor.
Isolated and unsocialized dogs can also have violent tendencies and Buffalo dog bite attorneys say it’s important for every pet owner to properly train and care for their animals, especially dogs.
With a focus on education and pet care, lawyers hope more bites can be prevented.