April 3, 2013
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 4.7 million individuals sustain a Dog Bite Injury each year. An article from the Kokomo Tribune discusses this growing problem and what citizens can do to prevent being the victim of such an injury.
The story explains how children and the elderly are often the most common victims of dog bite injuries. Many people wonder what causes a canine to feel the need to attack. While experts say some cases involve a lack of properly socializing the animal, more often the animal is just trying to protect itself by eliminating a perceived threat.
So, what can you do to better protect yourself and your family from the dangers of an aggressive dog? It is important to teach children to always ask an owner of a dog if it is okay to pet the animal before approaching it. Furthermore, kids should be instructed to never run from a dog. This can trigger the animal’s instinct to chase and bite. Instead, they should be told to stand still and not make eye contact with the animal.
If a person is bitten, the dog that is responsible for the attack should be reported to animal control immediately.
The law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys are hopeful these tips will help prevent attacks and encourage citizens to safely interact with canines.