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Dog bite statistics to know about

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2022 | Animal Bites |

Dogs are a popular pet in New Hampshire and Vermont. People enjoy their loyalty, their companionship and even use them as service animals. Although it is easy and understandable to grow attached, there is still the chance that dogs will bite.

Some breeds are more intimidating than others, but bites can happen with any type of dog and cause a victim serious injuries and even lead to death.

Being aware of the statistics for dog bites is important. Victims should be up to date on the law in both states when it comes to dog bites and owner responsibility.

What should I know about dog bites and their frequency?

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are more than 4.5 million dog bites annually. Around one in five requires medical attention.

Dog bites can occur at any time and impact anyone, but children are statistically the most vulnerable and can suffer the worst injuries. Most bites come from familiar dogs belonging to family, friends and acquaintances.

Some dogs are naturally mean for various reasons, but that does not mean more docile and friendly dogs are immune to biting. It could be a sudden move to frighten the dog or it could believe it is being threatened and bite as a means of defense.

There could be myriad reasons why the dog decides to bite. Regardless, if it happens, people need to know the laws for dog bites in both New Hampshire and Vermont and take appropriate steps.

Dogs can be deemed a menace or a nuisance. That often stems from a lack of attention from its owner. For example, some might let the dog run free on or off its property.

The dog must be controlled by its owner or custodian except in situations where it is being used in a competition, while hunting, as a work animal or during training. The dog can be categorized a menace or nuisance if it snaps at people, threatens to bite or bites. It can also be labeled as such for chasing people. After a bite in which the victim is punctured, the animal can be taken away.

Specific help is needed after dog bites and other animal injuries

After animal injuries, people must be just as aware of the potential long-term consequences they might face as they would in an auto accident, a work injury or a slip and fall. Calling for assistance from experienced professionals can provide guidance with what steps to take to hold owners accountable for their dog’s behavior.