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Are Animals Put Down After Dog Bite Attacks?

Are Animals Put Down After Dog Bite Attacks?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn many instances, the answer is yes.

Approximately 4.5 million Americans are the victims of dog bites annually. The Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly 885,000 of these victims require medical care for dog bites and half of those victims are children. Bites from larger breeds of dogs tend to require the most medical attention.

Extenuating circumstances

Some argue a dog that has never been violent or bitten anyone before should not be euthanized. In fairness to the dog owner and dog, context can inform the decision. For instance, a dog that is teased by another person may have provoked the aggressive behavior.

For a first time occurrence, bringing in a dog behavioral specialist and consultation with the veterinarian may help determine whether or not the animal can be rehabilitated.

Pet owner’s responsibility

When taking on the responsibility of pet ownership, the emphasis is on responsibility. Any dog will bite under the right circumstances. The owner is responsible to ensure the dog is properly trained. The pet owner must also ensure others safely interact with the dog. Some tips for safety are:

  • Avoid approaching a dog you don’t know
  • Do not run from a dog
  • Stay still when approached by an unfamiliar dog
  • If knocked down by a dog, roll into a ball
  • All play and interaction with the dog must be supervised by an adult
  • Report stray dogs and dogs exhibiting strange behavior
  • Do not make direct eye contact with a dog
  • Allow the dog to smell and approach you first
  • Leave dogs who are caring for puppies, eating or sleeping alone

A report prepared by The American Veterinarian Medical Association provides information on strategies that communities can implement to prevent dog bites.

If You’ve Been Hurt, Call Us Today

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a dog in our area, our Tampa dog bite lawyers may be able to help. Call the law offices of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk for a free initial consultation and case evaluation at 1-800-753-5203.