After a long day of work, many people like to unwind by spending time with their dog, whether that means going for a long walk, playing catch in the front yard or taking a nap together on the sofa.
Last week, our blog spent some time discussing how the 50 states essentially take one of three approaches concerning liability for dog bites, and how May 15-21 was National Dog Bite Prevention Week, a yearly campaign designed to raise awareness about the importance of responsible pet ownership.
While most people might not have realized it, the week of May 15-21 was National Dog Bite Prevention Week, an annual event put on by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Postal Service and State Farm Insurance to raise awareness about bite prevention and responsible pet ownership.
Let's say that you are walking down the street one day after you just completed a trip to the grocery store. You're carrying some bags home as you walk the same path you always have over the years. As you approach a house that you know has a dog in it, you start to wonder what type of dog is in there. You've never seen the dog in all of years in the neighborhood.
Dog owners nationwide, including in Rhode Island, must ensure their pets pose no danger to others. Any victim of a dog attack may hold the animal's owner accountable for damages. The owner of a Labrador-mix dog in another state may soon be facing a personal injury lawsuit after the dog attacked a cleaner.
Some here in Rhode Island know that it is true that some dogs have a bark that is far worse than their bite. Unfortunately, for others, their bite is just as bad, if not worse, than their bark. This is especially true for dogs that are in city shelters. One man from another state found this out the hard way. Luckily, he was awarded $290,000 in damages after suffering a serious dog bite.
Millions of people suffer from animal bites each year. Many of these require medical treatment, while some even require surgical intervention. When an animal bite occurs and causes serious harm to an individual here in Rhode Island, who exactly is responsible for paying for the losses related to the bite?
What are some good ways to prevent dog bites? What can you do in a situation where a dog is being aggressive that may make the outcome better for you or your family?
Despite what some believe, Rhode Island dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. Because of this, owners must pay close attention to their dogs to ensure that their dogs do not cause harm to another individual; the owners must also do what they can to prevent any potentially dangerous situations. Some of the most disturbing dog attack situations are when children are involved, especially when those children suffer injuries that could affect them for the rest of their lives.
Have you ever been bitten by a dog? Dog bites are not just for mail carriers. Unsupervised or untrained domestic animals attack several people each year.