Connecticut residents have good reason to be concerned about the dangers of a dog bite. In addition to the immediate injuries that can be suffered when bitten by an animal, victims must also worry about the risk of potential infections. In some cases, emotional trauma may also be an issue. Despite what many people may think, these situations do not just arise in homes or on neighborhood streets.
A correctional facility in neighboring Maryland has experienced two dog attacks that led it to shut down a program involving the use of pets to help inmates. Reports indicate that having pets in the facility resulted in a positive impact on the inmates. However, at least one inmate suffered a puncture wound on the hand and a prison employee was forced to get stitches in the face after being attacked. It is unknown what types or breeds of dog were involved in the incidents.
All of the animals that were utilized at the jail were from an animal shelter known to euthanize pets. The program facilitated the adoption of some of the animals including both dogs and cats. Suspension of the pet program is being confined to this one facility only. Nine other facilities operated by the Department of Public Health and Corrections are continuing their pet-related programs at this time.
The above case illustrates that no matter the environment or the level of supervision provided, some dogs may still attack or bite people. Victims can suffer a wide range of consequences when this happens and may also require compensation for their injuries. It can be beneficial to consult with an attorney to understand what options exist for compensation and other help.
Source: CT Post, “Dog attacks put bite on Maryland prison pet program,” David Dishneau, December 30, 2015