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Increasing number of dog attacks a national trend

The number of dog attacks grows in the summer months, something that isn't too surprising when you consider more people are outside, enjoying the weather with their friends (and man's best friend). Increased interaction between people and dogs inherently means there will be more incidents where a person suffers a dog bite.

While dog bites are treated as a serious matter, many San Diego residents may think that dog attacks and other animal bites don't receive quite the attention they deserve. Dog bites are often traumatic experiences for the victim, let alone the physical toll these attacks can have on them. Children can be killed by aggressive dogs; and adults aren't immune from catastrophic or fatal injury due to a dog attack.

Seasonal trends regarding dog bites is one thing; but some dog experts are expressing some worries about a national trend of poor training, rearing and ownership of dogs, causing an increase in dog attacks. According to the Center for Disease Control, the past 16 years have seen a 90 percent jump in the number of dog bite incidents.

It's a disturbing trend, one that needs to be addressed given the pain and suffering a dog bite victim goes through. They can require shots and treatment plans to prevent diseases like rabies; they may be traumatized by the incident, now afraid to be around dogs; and they may suffer horrific injuries that take years to recover from and cost tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. If the owner's negligence can be proven -- and usually it can be -- in a dog bite incident, they can be held liable for the victim's suffering.

Source: Orange County Register, "Dog bites on rise in county," Aug. 2, 2013, Paul Bersebach

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