March 21, 2016
Dogs can be wonderful pets, and many dog owners take responsibility for training and attending to their dogs in public settings. However, dogs are still animals and they can be unpredictable, if a dog attacks a child unprovoked the owners may be held responsible for the actions of their pets.
Dog bites are a serious crime that can cause traumatic personal injuries to the victim and their families.
Earlier this year, an eighteen-month old child from Saugus, Massachusetts was attacked by a dog inside the city’s town hall.
According to reports, the dog was licensed, vaccinated, and, surprisingly, on a leash at the time of the attack.
This goes to show how unpredictable animals can be; even a leashed animal that appears safe can act out of character and harm a human being. This story is not uncommon, as thousands of dog bite cases occur every year. In fact, nearly 1,000 people are hospitalized for dog bites in the U.S. every single day.