Make Sure You have a Safe Dog for a Pet

By on 5-11-2015 in Personal Injury

The 2007 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association showed that 71.1 million US households had at least one pet. Breaking down these pets’ rank and numbers, the results showed freshwater fish at top spot and numbering to 142 million, cats came in second at 88.3 million, while at third spot, with 74.8 million, were dogs. Well, considering the number of offspring these pets are capable of producing, that would explain their rank and the number. However, when it comes to which pet is loved most, then there is a completely different story to tell.

While pet owners will naturally express their love for their fish or cat, majority of them never hide their adoration for dogs. Thus, despite having a cat or fishes in the house, many also have a dog around.

Dogs are simply great pets; they are terrific companions, great and dependable protectors, and they are great with kids. To make sure, though, that you get a dog that quite perfectly fits such descriptions, dog experts say that it is important that you carefully choose the breed of dog you intend to have. This is because, while dogs are generally friendly, there are certain breeds that are more rough and hostile than gentle and friendly.

One specific breed of dogs that dog experts would never recommend, especially if you intend to allow your very young children to play with them, are Pit bull terriers (and their mixes) and Rottweilers. Pit bull is one dog breed that has been identified in, at least, 250 fatal attacks on senior citizens and children between 2005 and 2012. In many US states, these dogs have even been branded as lethal weapons, that courts have even authorized law enforcement officers to shoot them if they manifest any threat to attack or bite.

Dog bites are not caused by Pit bulls and Rottweilers alone, however, as other breeds (though in very minimal numbers), have also bitten people, especially if they feel threatened or to protect their owners. In fact, the US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) says that 800,000 individuals are victims of dog bites in the US every year.

Regardless of how friendly your dog is, once it bites or attacks anyone, you, as the owner, may legally face responsibility towards the victim, especially if he/she sustains an injury. For the victim, seeking legal advice immediately after a dog bite or attack will prove helpful as this will make him/her understand if his/her situation deserves pursuing legal actions. A Louisville personal injury attorney is someone who might be able to help in this type of legal matter.

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