The Strict Liability of Dog Owners in the Event of Dog Bites
It is quite surprising to know that the number of dog bite cases in the US every year reaches 800,000 and that those who are usually bitten are children. Majority of dob bite victims are boys aged five to nine; some children, aged four or younger also suffer bites which often lead to trauma as these bites are commonly on the neck or head. Children are very trusting, so dogs don’t seem that dangerous to them. On the other hand, children are small and don’t exert as much dominance over the animals as adults do, meaning the animals may not respect them as much as they should.
Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend; these are loving creatures with which owners easily develop a special bond. There are some breeds of dogs, however, which are naturally more hostile compared to others, thus, these become easily threatened even before the people who own them.
Some dog bites may only be minor; but there certainly are serious ones which can inflict severe harm, whether physically, psychologically or both. A few of the severe consequences of dog bites include lacerations, nerve damage, disfigurement and paralysis, broken bones and infections; some bites would even require reconstructive surgery as treatment. Psychologically, a dog attack can cause a fear of dogs in the victim, which can have an impact that persists long after the physical wounds have healed.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has never ceased in its information drive that would inform owners of their great responsibility in making sure that their dogs never get to bite or attack anyone. Everyone has to realize that a dog bite or attack, even if the injury it causes is just minor, can still result to unexpected medical cost and absence from work, which means loss of income.
To emphasize CDC’s campaign, the Leash law has been imposed all across the US. All states also hold all dog owners fully liable for any injury or harm caused by their dog. However, in instances wherein a dog bites or attacks anyone due to illegal entry into one’s property or because the dog was incited, liability is lifted from the owner of the dog.
Letting your dog roam freely because it is totally domesticated can never be accepted as an excuse if it ends up biting or attacking anyone. And since it would be hard to predict the extent of harm a dog’s bite may inflict, the safest thing to do, at all times, is to observe CDC’s stipulations and make sure that your dog is restricted from harming anyone.