A dog may be a man’s best friend but there are important reasons to make sure that dogs and humans alike are protected against harm. When dogs attack people, the injuries, physical pain and emotional scarring can be severe. A look at a report published by the Connecticut General Assembly on the state’s dog bite laws gives an overview of how Connecticut handles this subject.
According to the Connecticut Post, 42 people across the country died as the result of a dog attack in 2014. While every event may not be preventable, there are steps that owners and others can take in order to avoid a dog bite.
Many people throughout Connecticut, and across the U.S., keep dogs as pets. While many spend their lives as loving companions, there are frequent incidences of dog bites and attacks. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 4.5 million people suffer dog bite injuries each year. Of those, 20 percent must receive medical attention. The wounds eventually heal for most dog attack victims, but the physical and emotional effects may be long-term.
Although they are often referred to as man’s best friend, there are numerous reports each year of people being attacked by dogs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in America each year. Often, the injuries suffered by dog attack victims require immediate medical attention, including cleaning, suturing and bandaging wounds. There are also cases in which ongoing care, such as reconstructive surgeries or therapy, may also be needed.
People throughout New Haven, and all of the U.S., own dogs of all shapes and sizes. Some keep dogs for companionship, while others keep them for personal or property protection. There are also those who own dogs as service animals and depend on their pet to provide different types of assistance. Regardless of a person’s intentions in owning a dog, they have a responsibility to ensure that their pet does not pose a risk to their neighbors or the public.
When many people in Connecticut, and elsewhere, think of dogs, they think of a faithful companion or family pet. Although this is true of the majority of dogs who are kept as pets in the U.S., there are some cases in which dogs are the perpetrators in vicious attacks, which can result in serious injuries. Dog bite injuries can often require significant medical treatment, including suturing and surgeries.
Most Connecticut dog owners would never expect their furry friends to attack anyone. Unfortunately, pets are sometimes unpredictable. Even when dogs are kept in their homes, they are prone to escape if the doors are not securely shut or locked.
In New Have, and elsewhere, regardless of the breed of dog a pet owner has, they have a responsibility to ensure that their pet is properly socialized so it will not attack or that it is safely enclosed in their home or yard. If a dog gets out and attacks someone, it can result in serious personal injury, which can have lasting effects. Often, the pain from dog bite injuries is not just physical; victims of animal attacks often have lasting emotional pain as well.
Pet owners have the responsibility to not only just care for their dogs, but also to ensure that they are kept secure in a home or fenced yard. Even dogs whose owners believe they are properly socialized and safe to be around can sometimes snap and attack a person or another animal. For people in New Haven, as well as other localities throughout the U.S., the trauma of a dog attack can be long lasting and can stretch beyond just the serious injury that dog bites can cause.
Dog owners in New Haven, and elsewhere, are responsible for properly training and socializing their pets. This is not only to protect the public in the event the dogs get loose, but also to ensure the safety of the owners themselves and anyone who they bring into their homes.