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Dogs: Pets and safety threats

Dog bites can do some serious damage, so it's much better to avoid them than it is to have to treat them. The responsibility of avoiding dog bites falls to the owner of the dog, but not all owners are deeply concerned about that particular responsibility. With that in mind, anyone who's been bitten by a dog may want to seek legal counsel in order to be compensated for his or her injuries.

Each year, around 2 percent of the population suffers a dog bite injury. Considering the number of people in the US, that's a lot of dog bites. Most victims are children, but adults can be attacked as well. Fifteen dog bite victims will die from their injuries every year, and two-thirds of those fatalities will be young children. This most often occurs when children are allowed to play with dogs that are not being properly supervised by their owners.

All dogs should be treated with care and socialized. They need some time to get to know new people or new surroundings. Too often, owners forget about this and attempt to get their dog to be instantly social with strangers. This does not often end well, simply because dogs have natural instincts to react aggressively if they feel threatened.

Anyone who has been the victim of a dog bite is aware of how frightening something like that can be. The majority of dog owners will do what they can do avoid allowing their dog to bite someone, but accidents and mistakes can still happen. For the injured party, the pain and stress can be significant.

Our Wisconsin dog bite attorneys know how to help animal attack victims fight for the compensation that they deserve.

Source: Ravalli Republic, "Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to dog bite injuries," John Holtzen, Jan. 29, 2013

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