For any dog person, a dog is a great addition to any family. Even if a person does not own a dog, they are very fun to be around, as they are very comforting to be near and a joy to play with. While there is many positive things to say about being a dog owner, the reality is that much responsibility is placed on a person once he or she purchase a dog. One is not only tasked with care for the dog appropriately, but a dog owner must take responsibility for their dog when incidents such as a dog bite occur.
Owning a pet is often a goal for residents in California and elsewhere. Having a cute and cuddly dog to come home to sounds very ideal. While being a pet owner has many perks and benefits, it also means a lot of responsibilities. This means a pet owner must take steps to ensure it is well cared for; however, a pet owner is also obligated to ensure that others are safe around their pet. Even if a dog has never shown any aggressive tendencies, it could bite or attack a stranger or a visitor, causing serious injuries to them.
A pit bull reporters described as "large" who was owned by a family friend attacked a two-month-old without warning. The incident happened in a San Diego neighborhood in a backyard.
The second week in April, which in 2018 is April 8 through April 14, marks National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and many of those who work with dogs are commemorating the occasion in a number of ways.
Many stories about dog bites in the San Diego area involve animals that have, unbeknownst to their owners, either gotten loose from their fencing or are off leash and wandering free.
San Diego, California, residents who have the misfortune of getting bitten by a dog may feel somewhat sorry for the owner of the animal, particularly if the owner seems apologetic about what happened and generally nice.
A previous post on this blog discussed how, under California law, dog owners are strictly liable to pay compensation if their animal bites another person. While this certainly helps injured San Diego residents get compensation for their losses, it does not make a dog attack case easy, particularly if the owner or the owner's insurance company wants to deny responsibility.
In addition to whatever local regulations San Diego has in place with respect to dogs, California has a statewide law designed to prevent dog bites and, when they occur, to give the victims of these bites the ability to get compensation for their losses.
For many, dogs are wonderful companions and family members. They are loyal, always happy, fun to play with and loving. Dogs are called "man's best friend" for a reason, and most of the time, they fit that bill perfectly.
Some of the most serious incidents of dog bites involve situations in which more than one dog attacks at the same time. Dogs, after all, are pack animals, and they are most effective at attacking when they act together as a pack. Whereas the worst one dog in a pack might do is inflict a minor injury, the pack of dogs can seriously hurt or even kill a person.