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Lessening the Risk of Your Dog Hurting Someone

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Shepherd attacks man at a dog show

Dog bites are common and unfortunate around the country. Dog owners should be concerned about the possibility of their furry friend biting a person. Owners can face legal consequences in the aftermath. Often poorly socialized or bred dogs can be aggressive.

So they remain prime candidates for unexpected bites. In fact, in the aftermath of a bite, those bitten could sue the owner of the dog.

The state of California does not always press dog owners if it is not known to be aggressive. However, in many cases, the owner can be held liable for the dog’s bites regardless. So this could lead to the owner having to pay for the cost of medical expenses and other damages. Also, this could include lost work or trauma.

Are There Cases When The Dog’s Owner Is Not Legally Liable?

There are cases where the owner is not responsible. These can include if the person bit was sneaking onto your property or provoked the dog. Still, being able to avoid bites altogether is a much better strategy.

Is Dog Obedience Training a Good Idea?

Obedience classes are a great opportunity to make sure that your dog is properly trained and socialized. These types of classes not only can teach the valuable dog lessons but allow them to interact with a broader array of people and pets. So hopefully they can avoid issues in the future.

There are many books out there for owners to read and use to train their canine companion. Also, feed and nourish the dog. A healthy dog is a happy dog. Also, spaying or neutering a dog helps solve many issues at once.

Not only will the dog be unable to bring unwanted puppies into the world, but it also becomes much less aggressive. So it remains less likely to bite someone. Also, the dog will be less liable to leave your house unattended. And this is because it can no longer be in heat.

Dog training comes with other responsibilities. Keep your dog within a fenced area or on a leash. Also, make sure they do not go out in public unattended. The remains an area where it could cause problems. Also, if your dog could be violent, make sure fences have signs posted warning the passersby.

What About the Importance of Dog Vaccinations?

Keep the dogs healthy and vaccinated, especially against rabies. Also, severe adverse legal and health issues can result if their rabies shot no longer remains current. Keeping your dog away from strangers also helps. And this remains truer if your dog is not well socialized.

What Must You Know About Dogs and Children?

The most victims of dog bites are children, who often don’t know any better. When children receive basic lessons about how to deal with dogs, such as allowing the dog to smell them first, is valuable. Kids must also learn not to run from animals, bother them while eating, or making direct eye contact. Children must be careful with dogs. In fact, they remain a danger even in their house.

The Dangerous Dog Sterilization Ordinances Discussed

Pit Bull on a LeashMore and more, we see local municipalities ignoring the Constitution and passing laws to restrict others of their life, liberty, and property. The new generation seems to believe that the government knows best, and they are ceding many rights our founders fought and died for, especially when it comes to the Second Amendment.

The new mentality that it’s the other guy’s rights, not mine, seems to be the pervasive mindset. In fact, more and more, society is voting itself into an Orwellian, statist inferno.  Most individuals are happily doing it just like the concentration camp victims of the ’30s, and 40’s flocking to the cattle carts.

What is this new extinguishment of freedom that many are happily giving up? It has to do with a particular breed of dogs that people are afraid of, Pitbulls. Municipalities often see pit bulls as a major risk of attack and injury.

There Is Now a Severe Reduction in Impounded Pitbulls.

Across the country and often led by California cities, this breed is often singled out. Many of these actions started with San Francisco, which passed a pit bull ban in 2006.

This led to a severe reduction of pit bulls in local pounds, as well as the euthanasia rate. ABC News reported that Riverside County had enacted tough new actions, including ordering all pit bulls over four months old spayed or neutered. This occurred after the county said impounding 3,500-4,000 pit bulls annually.

These actions happened after a wave of reported pit bull injuries.

  • This breed, in particular, has been blamed for hundreds of injuries annually in California.

The occurred especially after the breed became popular with new residents in the 909 and 951 area codes. The chance of further laws and ordinances intended to curb the spread of the breed is high. This remains particularly true since precedent is being built across the country.

Not mentioned as a reason for, or in the ordinance itself, is why there are so many Pit Bull attacks all of a sudden in the Inland Empire. Could it be all the gang types, thugs, and welfare cases that have been flocking to Riverside and San Bernardino for the last six years? Are they moving due to the high cost of living in LA, their old hoods?

Gang Bangers Love Them?

This particular breed of dog is popular with gang bangers and hoodlums since these dogs make them look “tough.” So naturally, the owners train these dogs to be vicious. And of course, it is the responsible Pit Bull owner who is hurt by these laws, since like gun laws, criminals do not abide by these bad laws.

  • There are already negligence laws on the books to deal with dog attacks
  • Municipal laws are obviously an emotion-based, knee-jerk response to news spikes

Keeping that in mind, if you or a loved one was involved in a pit bull attack, immediate medical attention is needed. How the event happened, and an exact record of the injury should be kept. Especially this remains true considering there could be many long-term recovery issues involved with such an attack.

Children are statistically more likely to get bit and could face years of scarring and humiliation as a result. Owners of these animals are usually legally responsible for such attacks. This is true especially if they are in violation of local law regarding these dogs. But liability attaches irrespective as to whether there is a statute that requires dogs to be sterilized, etc.

In addition to medical coverage, legal representation is also necessary. Having an advocate that can fight for the costs of your recovery and understands the pain that you are suffering can make all the difference. The bottom line, whether you think all is good and well that Orwell is now normal and acceptable, you still will need legal help.

This remains true even if it was a puppy that bit you. Get it? No matter what type of breed bites you, it can still mess you up. So these laws that make law-abiding citizens into criminals will not change the fact that you will need compensation for your injuries.

After all, the only one that gets paid from an ordinance is the municipality, in the form of tickets and fines. In other words, money that should be going to the victims is now being earmarked for government employees, bloated pensions, and more big government.

It hurts victims in the end. In any event, Ehline Law is willing to work in this oppressive plutocracy on behalf of the little guy being hurt by both parties, the dog owner, and the government. We are willing to go into criminal court and administrative hearings to get restitution. And we do this work on top of any civil amounts we can recover from insurance. Call the Ehline Law Firm here for more information about dog bite law today.

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