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Ways to avoid animal bites

Many Wisconsin residents own dogs or live near someone who does. For the majority of the time, the dogs do not pose a threat to anyone. However, when dogs exhibit aggressive behavior, animal bites may occur. An authority on dog bite statistics recently reported that almost 900 people go to the hospital daily after being bitten.

Animal shelter officials have offered advice on how best to avoid being a dog bite victim. It is important to note that any dog is capable of biting. Officials also stress that any size or breed of dog may bite.

Shelter workers recommend to always be on guard when around an unfamiliar dog. They say to watch for any sign of aggression from the dog, such as bared teeth or raised fur. In addition, one should never leave a child alone with an unknown dog. It is also not a good idea to ever scream or touch a sleeping dog.

If a dog attacks someone, experts recommend offering something as a substitute for the dog to bite. Saying a firm "no" while backing away can also help during an attack. It is important to report the bite and to treat the injury as soon as possible.

Wisconsin is a strict liability state, meaning that dog owners are typically liable for the actions of their dogs, even if they were unaware their animal posed a threat to anyone. After animal bites occur, victims and their families may choose to seek damages to compensate for medical expenses and other pain and suffering. An attorney experienced in personal injury litigation can assist victims in the legal process and work toward achieving a favorable outcome in a lawsuit.

Source:, "When the dog bites...", Dear Tabby, March 23, 2017

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