Dog bites and attacks are prevalent throughout California. There are many agencies that keep track of certain dog bite statistics. Many dog shelters, government agencies and animal control agencies found in cities such as Sacramento, Roseville, Fairfield and Rocklin.
For example the Department of Animal Care and Regulations in Sacramento (a division of Sacramento County Municipal Services Agency) notes the following dog bite and dog attack statistics in California and in the United States. Sacramento County obtained much of its information from American Humane organization. The United States is as follows:
1. There are almost 5 million dog bite and dog attacks each year.
2. Most dog bite and dog attack victims are children
3. 5-9 year old boys are the most likely dog bite and dog attack victims
4. 77 % of dog bite and dog attack victims are bitten on the face
5. Any dog may bite, it is not breed specific. It is not just Pit Bulls that bite.
6. 61% of dog bites and dog attacks happen at home or a familiar place.
7. 77% of dog bites and dog attacks happen at friend or family homes.
8. 8 out of 10 of the biting dogs are males.
9. Un-neutered dogs are almost 3 times more likely to bite or attack than a neutered dog.
10. Tethering or chaining dogs can increase their aggression and likelihood to be involved in a dog bite or dog attack.
There are a few things you can do to avoid dog bites or dog attacks in Sacramento, Roseville or Fairfield or what ever city you live in California, according to the Sacramento Department of Animal Care and Regulations.
First you need to be able to tell when a dog is about to bite or attack. The dog will do the following prior to a dog bite or dog attack.
1. Stick their ears straight up.
2. Make the fur on their backs puff up.
3. Their tail will stick up.
4. They will growl or bark
5. They will show their teeth.
6. The dog will stare at whomever they are ready to attack or bite.
Second, there are a few things to not do to a dog to prevent a dog bite or dog
1. Don’t look an angry or attacking dog straight in the eye.
2. Don’t sneak up on a dog, he might turn and attack and bite.
3. Be careful around a mother dog and her puppies. Many times the dog bites or dog attacks occur when a mother dog is protecting her puppies.
4. Don’t pet a stray dog, they may bite or attack.
5. Always ask a dog owner for permission before petting their dog. The owner might just say no, this dog is known for dog bites and dog attacks.
6. Socialize your dog, make sure it knows how to interact with people so they will be less likely to bite or attack.
7. Vaccinate your dog so if the dog does attack or bite, it does not have rabies.
Placer County has some statistics from the Animal Services. This gives one a
good idea what it would be like in Fairfield or Sacramento area. Of course Roseville is in Placer County so some of the statistics apply. The Placer County Statistics are for 2006.
1. Number of barking dog problems (could turn into dog bite or dog attack) = 65
2. Number of dog bites in Placer County = 37 (note this did not break it down by Auburn, Roseville, Loomis, Rocklin, Lincoln).
3. Aggressive dogs, not necessarily dog bite or dog attack = 50
4. Other general complaints which could include dog bite or dog attacks = 445
5. Animals confiscated or Euthanized per request = 14
Though the statistics don’t talk specifically about dog bite and dog attacks in
Sacramento, Roseville, Fairfield, or Rocklin, it does give one a good idea what would be a general overall view of issues lawyers deal with when it comes to dog bites and dog attacks. Lawyers have to know the law and if they need an expert when taking a dog bite or dog attack case to trial. Usually lawyers just look at the city ordinance or leash law to see if the law favors a strict liability case that a lawyer can “hang their hat” on.
I hope that these animal statistics and dog bite and dog attack prevention rules will be taken into consideration to hopefully decrease the amount of dog bites and dog attacks in Sacramento, Roseville and Fairfield.
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