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Understanding current dog bite statistics

Owning a dog is fairly common in California and elsewhere. Whether you own a dog as a pet or encounter dogs at friends and family's, it is clear that dogs come in all shapes, sizes and demeanors. Not all dogs look the same, and they certainly do not act all the same. Thus, people are often caught off guard when a dog suddenly acts aggressive. This is especially true when a dog bites or even attacks.

Data from 2017 revealed that 39 dog-related fatalities occurred that year. When looking at those fatalities, 29 or 74 percent involved a pit bull. This breed makes up around 6.5 percent of the total U.S. dog population. When looking at data for a 13-year period, it was found that 433 dog bite fatalities occurred. When looking at breeds for these deaths, 76 percent involved either a pit bull or a Rottweiler.

When looking at the victim's age group, it was found that 36 percent involved children ages 8 or younger. It was also discovered that 51 percent of all dog bite fatalities involved more than one dog. Of the attacks that occurred in 2017, it was found that 60 percent took place on the property of the dog owner. Finally, it was determined that 72 percent of the fatal dog bites occurring in 2017 involved a family dog.

While dogs are often termed man's best friend, they are not always friendly. A negligent dog owner could be the cause of a serious dog bite. This could result is a victim suffering serious injuries and damages. In these matters, it may be possible to hold the dog owner liable, helping the victim recover compensation for their losses and damages suffered.

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