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Police Seek Owner of Two Pit Bulls Who Viciously Attack Two Men

January 28, 2014,

Saturday morning started out normally for Jose Serrano, who delivers newspapers throughout his community. However, around 5:30 a.m., he was attacked by two unleashed pit bulls on the 300 block of South Jefferson Street in Placentia in a gated parking lot connected to an apartment complex. PHOTO COURTESY OF ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL CARE

pitbullocanimalcare.jpgIt is still unclear why the dogs attacked, but when a Good Samaritan came to Serrano's aid to try and fend off the dogs, he was also attacked. Both men "sustained significant dog bite wounds," according to a news release from Placentia police. The Good Samaritan was transported to Placentia Linda Hospital, treated and released.. Serrano, however, suffer much more severe wounds and was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.

When police arrived on the scene, they worked to corner and apprehend the dogs with the help of Orange County Animal Care officers. The female pit bull was successfully subdued and restrained, but when police tried to capture the male, he charged. Mindful of their own safety, the dog was shot and killed. Considering the female dog will most likely be labeled as a Level 3 dangerous dog and will most likely be put down.

No owners have come forth even though police believe that the owners most likely live in the complex where the attacks happened. Under California Civil Code ยง3342, the owner of a dog is liable for any damages suffered by anyone that has been bitten by the dog in a public place or lawfully in a private place, and this includes the dog owner's private property. The dog's owner is responsible regardless of the dog's former viciousness, or the owner's knowledge of the dog's prior viciousness. While some other states have a "one free bite" card, California does not.

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Orange County Officials Change Ratings System for Dangerous Dogs

December 18, 2013,

Earlier this week, The Orange County Board of Supervisors agreed to many changes in the rating system for dangerous dogs in order to more clearly identify dogs that pose threats to humans. However, the Board did not approve another initiative to create a website to map the locations of dangerous dogs which would have taken the rating system even further.

Angry Dog 1.jpgUnder the new three-level rating system, a level-one offender would include a dog that causes another animal or person to "take defensive, protective or fleeing action, or bites someone without provocation causing a minor injury."

A level-two offender would include "four separate unprovoked incidents or a bite causing substantial injury." Level-three dogs are the most dangerous and would most likely be euthanized as animal-control officials already have the power to euthanize an animal involved in a severe attack. According to Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, "A dog who kills a human being or causes severe injury to a human being, that's a level-three dog."

The Board looks to create a safer environment for its residents with these new ratings. Owners who do not take the proper safety precautions regarding their dogs, especially if they have a history of attacks, can be held liable for the injuries sustained in dog bite cases.

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Stray Pit-Bull Bites Two People Causing Serious Injuries: Highlights Dangers of Breed

October 30, 2013,

Over the weekend a stray pit-bull bit 2 people who had to be rushed to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The incident happened in South Los Angeles, on the 8700 block of Central Avenue, not far away from where three pit-bulls viciously attacked a 15-year-old boy just over a week ago.

These attacks highlight the number one danger regarding pit-bulls: their owner or lack thereof. Because of the sheer number of pit-bulls in the United States--estimates show that out of the 61+ million dogs in the US, between 5 and 10 million are pit-bull or pit-bull-mixes--pits have become the dog du jour for a lot of people, yet very few know how to properly care for this complicated breed.

While the breed can be prone to aggressive behavior towards other dogs or humans who they see as threats, owners who put them through properly structured and controlled socialization training can greatly reduce the risk of an attack. In both of the recent cases of human attacks in South Los Angeles, the dogs did not have owners who took training seriously and did not know the risks of the breed. Absentee owners are liable for the actions of their dogs.

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Six Pit Bulls Attacked and Killed Woman Out for a Walk in Lancaster

August 21, 2013,

In recent news is an update on the story of a 63-year-old woman who was out walking around in her neighborhood in May when she was attacked by a pack of dogs. This week a judge is deciding if there is enough evidence to put the owner of six pit bulls on trial for murder. A witness took the stand who had suffered a dog attack and dog bites to her feet by the same dogs.

raul-the-459263-m.jpgAfter the fatal dog mauling, the 29-year-old owner was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. If a person is killed by a attacking dogs, should the owner be punished for the injuries or death of the victim? Many feel that yes, the owner should be tried for murder. A witness took the stand this week who had suffered a dog attack and dog bites to her feet by the same dogs.

According to ABC 7 News, the victim's husband was so overwhelmed and distraught bad visions due to the graphic testimony in the courtroom of his wife's cruel death that he had to leave. I sympathize with the husband and the woman's family and loved ones to have to go through such a horrific ordeal. I can't imagine the emotional trauma the man must dealing with thinking about his wife being killed out on the street by multiple dogs attacking her. The victim must have suffered extreme pain and terror and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. In many dog mauling cases, the victims do not survive.

In previous reports, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, someone driving by saw a group dogs attacking a woman on the ground. The driver stopped and honked at the cars, trying to scare them away, and they turned and attacked her car and bit at the tires. The driver called 911. When a deputy arrived on the scene, the victim was on the ground and one dog was still attacking her. The dog charged the deputy and he fired at the dog, but it ran back into the desert.

Orange County residents, if you own dogs that might bite or harm people, keep them locked up. Ensure that your fence and gate are secured. Be a responsible pet owner and don't put people's lives in danger or your dogs safety at risk. In this case, the dogs were seized by animal control and most likely will be destroyed. In light of concern over pit bull attacks, many people call for a ban on breeding the pit bull breed and stricter regulations and ordinances.

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Rottweiler Shot by Police in Hawthorne

July 5, 2013,

Creating controversy in Hawthorne, Los Angeles County is a recent incident where police shot and killed a dog while arresting it's owner. People are wondering, was the killing of the dog necessary? Was there another course of action that could have been taken, such as using a taser or club stick for defense if the dog had attacked?

1123762_rottweilers_3.jpgAccording to NBC4 Southern California News, "Police arrested Leon Rosby, 52, near the scene of the SWAT stand-off in Hawthorne, about 15 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Rosby was walking his Rottweiler, Max, and recording the stand-off with armed robbers on his cell phone camera." Apparently Rosby was walking his dog on a leash and when officers began walking toward him he put his dog, a rotweiler, into his car. Unfortunately, one of the back windows was rolled down and the dog, who saw his owner being detained and arrested, jumped out the window towards the police.

The police had detained the man to ask him questions. Rosby told news reporters they asked him why he was there. He was cuffed with his hands behind his back when his dog jumped out the window and barked at the officers. The officers were unable to grab the dogs leash and when the dog lunged, a policeman shot it. The dog's owner was helpless as the dog fell to the ground, his legs buckled and he cried out. The Hawthorne Police Department statement continued, "Fearing that the attacking Rottweiler would imminently bite the officer(s), one officer fired his duty weapon several times, striking and killing the dog."

Dog bites and dog attacks can cause serious personal injury and even death. But even so, some wonder if police are too quick to shoot dogs while on the job. Although we don't see these reports in the news too often, some assert that it happens more than we know. The community and dog lovers have taken this story to heart, and many are outraged. Dog owners who own dog breeds labeled "vicious breed" should beware of the public's perception of the dogs when walking them on the street. Take every safety precaution to ensure no harm comes to people from a dog bite and that no harm comes to your dog, who in this case was acting to protect its owner. Avoid any confrontations while walking your dog so your dog won't decide to defend you.

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Dogs Bite About 4.5 Million People in the United States Annually

June 20, 2013,

Beware-Dog-Sign-K-2556.gifAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs bite about 4.5 million people in the United States each year, with one in five dog bites resulting in injuries that require medical attention. Children and the elderly are the most common victims.

Pit bull attacks over the last six months in Southern California:

May 10: Alex Cuevas, 15, and her dog Cocoa, a 14-month-old Shih Tzu, were mauled while walking in their Corona neighborhood. Alex's ear was nearly severed and had to be reattached by a surgeon. Cocoa had to have an eye reinserted into its socket by a veterinarian. The dog responsible for the attack was euthanized.

May 8: A pit bull attacked a sheriff's deputy and bit a second officer during a foot chase of a burglary suspect in Lake Mathews. The deputies fatally shot the dog.

April 20: Margarita Negrete, 74, suffered severe head wounds when she was attacked at her Colton home by the family pit bull, which also killed another family dog. The dog later charged police, who shot it dead.

April 8: A 57-year-old woman was bitten and scratched on her hands and her dachshund was killed by two pit bulls in Hemet. One of the dogs was captured, the other escaped.

March 5: Bruna Secco, 76, was bit and suffered broken ribs in an attack by a pit bull near her San Jacinto mobile home. She was rescued by onlookers who beat the dog with baseball bats; the dog was euthanized.

Feb. 8: Elsie Grace, 91, was mauled to death by two family pit bulls in a Hemet hotel room.

Jan. 17: Waly Nichols, 84, was critically injured by two pit bulls as she walked near her home in Jurupa Valley. The dogs were euthanized and their owner was cited by animal control for allowing his dogs to get out and for failure to license the dogs, give them rabies shots and implant microchips.

Dog attacks can be extremely traumatic and often require care to address mental and/or emotional injuries. Furthermore, we know from our experience that dog bites can often result in permanent scaring, a type of injury which requires particularized strategies and knowledge to ensure that a victim is fully and reasonably treated and compensated.

While dogs are wonderful pets, any breed can turn vicious and attack without provocation. In most animal bite lawsuits, the owner may be liable in compensating the victim for all medical bills as well as lost wages resulting from the attack.

Here are some tips to help prevent dog bites and provide a safe environment for both you and your pets:

  • Post a Beware of Dog sign on your fence or house to avoid any surprises.

  • Train your dog to obey simple commands like "sit," "stay," "no" and "come." Obedience training can teach dogs proper behavior and help owners control their dogs in any situation.

  • Collar your dog, so you have the means to quickly restrain your dog in any emergency.

  • Dogs may become more protective in the presence of their owners. Dog owners or guardians should make sure their dog is securely confined where it cannot come into contact with strangers, a utility worker or unfamiliar visitors.

  • Securely confine or relocate your dog, especially during scheduled customer service visits and when it's time for utility workers to read your meter.

  • Contact your local utilities or check your monthly bills for the dates when utility workers are scheduled to conduct meter readings. On those days, leave gates unlocked and keep your dogs or other pets securely confined in another section of the property.

  • Leave a note on your meter explaining that you have a dog and how and where it is confined.

  • Be sure all vaccinations and inoculations for rabies and parasites are up to date.

  • If you get a new dog, contact your local utilities to let them know.
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    Dog bites account for one-third of all homeowners insurance claims

    May 14, 2013,

    Once again, presumed dangerous dog breeds with a history of biting people and homeowners insurance are a topic of national discussion. Many dog owners disagree - or rather adamantly argue - that it isn't fair to judge a dog by its breed, but assert that every dog should be considered on a case by case basis. PHOTO COURTESY OF MSN MONEY.

    FD853D2C9A449C6528709DD9B71FA9_h218_w423_m6_ofalse_lfalse_bwhite.jpgInsurance companies however, are trying to contain their growing costs of insurance coverage to dog owners for certain breeds. According to the Insurance Information Institute in a report by MSN Money, dog bites account for "one-third of all homeowners insurance claims, with an average payout of nearly $30,000 per claim." Some insurers are refusing to extend or renew coverage to people who own a dog that has bitten someone.

    MSN Money states that "some insurers take those efforts further by maintaining "breed lists" -- types of dogs that can provoke denial of coverage, a higher premium or an exclusion that could leave you on the hook for damages." Dog breeds on the "List" from Insurance Underwriters that have been singled out for biting and causing personal injury include: Bull Terriers and , Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Mastiffs, and the typically labeled dangerous dog types of Rottweilers, Akitas and Husky's.

    On the opposing side, dog advocates and spokespersons from the American Kennel Club feel that have a positive value to insurance companies in that they are a natural alarm system against intruders and prevent theft by being on the premises and by the noise they cause from barking. Not all dogs labeled dangerous bite and hurt people.

    What you can do as an Orange County Every insurer has different criteria, so getting quotes from a number of different companies can help dog owners find coverage.

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    Home Owner's Insurance For Dog Bites in California Dropped by Farmer's Insurance

    February 22, 2013,

    Do you own a Rottweiler, pit bull or wolf breed dog? If so, your homeowner's insurance coverage in California is about to change. Recently in the news it was announced that a major insurance company, Farmer's Insurance, is dropping coverage for dog bites for certain breeds. Home Owner's Policy holders in California are being notified that dog bites by Rottweilers, pit bulls or wolf breeds will no longer be covered under their homeowners insurance. Farmers Group, Inc. claims the three breeds account for more than 25% of dog bite claims.

    1123761_rottweilers_2.jpgAccording to ABC4News, "Across the US insurance companies paid out $480 million to people who were attacked by dogs in 2011; a 50% rise in eight years." Farmer's Insurance decision to not insure Rottweilers, pit bulls or wolf breeds, draws criticism from rescue groups and trainers for discriminating against the dogs. Dog experts say that the problems with dogs usually occurs with a dog that's been isolated and that the dogs aren't the problem, the owners are.

    Some insurance companies have a one bite rule where if a dog bites once it is covered, but if it happens again it is not covered. Homeowners are usually asked if they own a dog and if it one of the dogs listed under dangerous breeds, and if it has ever bitten anyone.

    With dangerous breed dogs or any dogs, dog owners need to be responsible pet owners and treat the dog like a member of the family and not leave the dog isolated. A lot of the problems with dogs - dog bites, dog attacks, injuring people - is usually not with a family dogs. The Director of Communication for the Humane Society states that, "If animals are spayed and neutered, properly trained and not left tethered for too long, they won't be bad dogs."

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    Pet Regulations - Be Aware of Orange County Laws

    November 8, 2012,

    We have a lot of pet owners in Orange County. Dog owners love their dogs; cat lovers love their cats. We take care of our pets, groom them feed them, play with them, and take them to the vet and try to be responsible pet owners. Some people however, do not follow the laws of pet ownership or may not know all the laws - and put their pets and people at risk for a dog bite incident.

    According to Orange County codes, as a pet owner, "you must be familiar with these laws as they are intended for the safety and wellbeing of your pets, your family, and all members of the public that you come in contact with." As an Orange County Personal Injury attorney, I see a lot of cases involving dog bites. Following the laws of Health Sanitation and Animal Regulations will also help avoid people being injured by dog bites and dog bite lawsuits. Pet owners need to be aware of the following laws:

    • You must keep you dog leashed anytime your dog is off your property
    • Dogs are not allowed on school property, certain county parks or beaches
    • Be aware of Nuisance Animals Procedures and barking dog policies
    • Don't allow your pet to trespass on other people's property - others have the right to trap your cat
    • Rabies vaccinations are required to ensure the health and well-being of your pet..
    • Quarantine of animals - any pet dog or cat involved in a bite or scratch to a human must be quarantined for a period of 10 days.
    • An Orange County dog license must be obtained for dogs four (4) months of age. Cats owners must also show proof of rabies vaccination and be issued a license certificate and tag.

    Not obeying the Orange County Animal Regulations can have serious consequences. A dog off leash can cause a dog bite injury. A dog roaming around a children's school can pose a threat. Dog's trespasses on other people's property can lead to a dog fight or dog attack. Also, dogs not properly vaccinated can spread diseases to other dogs in the neighborhood.

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    Unenforced Dog Prohibition Sign Creates Confusion and Danger for Park-Goers

    October 5, 2012,

    We all know the preventative measures only work if they are utilized and that rules are only effective if they are enforced. This is the complaint of citizens in Suisun City in Northern California. A sign at one of the city's most heavily frequented parks states that no pets are allowed on the premises. An unfortunate scenario recently occurred which revealed that the workers at the park do not actually enforce this rule. 20060902102951_102549_4.jpg

    A young, nine-year-old boy's face was bitten by a large bulldog that was in the park that day. The boy's mother was shocked and horrified to see that the rules of the park, which were obviously put in place to prevent such dog bite accidents from occurring, were not being enforced. Her son's dog bite injury was the result of this negligence.

    The city's recreation director admitted after the boy had sustained the serious dog bite injury that they have not enforced the signs content in that park for years. The city has, unintentionally, created confusion on this issue. A city ordinance states dogs actually can be at the parks as long as they remain on a leash at all times. Thus, dogs like the one that bit this young boy have been allowed into the park, despite the sign. This confusion seems to have also created unintended non-compliance by dog owners, as well as potential danger for the park's visitors. The city's leaders have admitted that the issue needs to be revisited. More clarity on this issue would certainly create a greater level of safety.

    Dog bite injuries are a serious issue for residents of pet-friendly areas, like Orange County. While you and your family do have control over the type of dog you bring into your own home, you do not have the same control over what types of dogs other people own and how they monitor and/or interact with their dog in public. You do not have the ability to make dog owners act responsibly or train their dogs in a way that will lessen the likelihood that these dog bite accidents will occur. This is where the possibility of dangerous dog bites accidents lies. As the owner of a dog, California dog owners are liable for any injuries caused by their pet biting someone. California Civil Code section 3342 states that the owner of a dog is liable for damages suffered by anyone bitten in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the home of the dog owner.

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    A Pediatrician's Advice to Parents: This is How Your Children Can Avoid Dog Bite Injuries

    September 21, 2012,

    In a recent medical center news release, Dr. Anne Brayer, a pediatrician in emergency medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center, in New York, and director of Injury Free Coalition for Kids, based at URMC, gave some important advice to parents and kids with regard to avoiding dog bite injuries. Dr. Brayer stressed that remaining calm and not aggravating a dog are key elements in preventing dog bites because dogs are much more likely to bite when they feel anxious or threatened. Moreover, staying relaxed when dealing with an aggressive dog can help minimize the threat, Brayer said.

    She went on to offer the following tips to parents for reducing the risks to their child of sustaining a dog bite injury:

    • Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog, and keep children away from dogs that are eating, sleeping or caring for puppies.
    • Be careful when visiting older relatives with dogs. These dogs often aren't used to young children and can be jealous of the attention they receive.
    • Remember that all breeds of dogs can bite, and a dog's upbringing plays a much larger role in its tendency to bite than its breed.
    • Do not approach an unfamiliar dog, which may perceive you as a threat and may think you are challenging it.
    • Avoid neighborhood dogs with a history of aggression and dogs that have little contact with children.
    • Adults should always keep an eye on children when dogs are nearby and teach them how to act around dogs. Teaching them to keep their face away from dogs reduces the likelihood that the child will make eye contact with the dog and seem threatening.
    • If a child is approached by an unfamiliar dog, he or she should act like a tree or act like a log. This means remaining motionless, not shouting, and avoiding eye contact.
    • If knocked to the ground, children should curl up into a ball and protect their face and neck with their hands and arms. This can help minimize injuries.
    • Children should be taught not to tease a dog. That means not pulling its tail, petting it roughly or taking away its toys. Even doing these things in play can overexcite a dog and lead to an unintentional bite.

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    Tips for Avoiding A Painful Encounter With a Dog From the Emergency Department at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

    August 27, 2012,

    Due to the typical increase in dog bite injuries that occurs in the summer, when families and pets are spending more time outdoors, the Emergency Department at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) in New Jersey has provided suggestions for greater dog safety. 817208_sdr2111.jpg

    The Following are the tips NBIMC has provided to help parents protect their children from a painful encounter with a dog:

    • Pick a good match when choosing a family dog. Certain breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, are recommended as generally safe with children. Other breeds might not be the best choice for young children. One 5-year (2001-2005) review of dog attack victims admitted to a children's hospital in Pennsylvania determined that pit bull terriers were implicated in more than half of the bites.
    • Socialize your pet. Gradually expose your puppy to a variety of people and other animals so it feels at ease in these situations.
    • Train your dog. Avoid aggressive games like wrestling or tug-of-war.
    • Vaccinate your dog against rabies and other diseases.
    • Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
    • Teach your child to check if the dog is with an owner and looks friendly. Then ask the owner for permission to pet the dog. Let the dog sniff your child and have your child touch the dog gently, avoiding the face, head and tail.
    • Tell your child not to bother a dog if it is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
    • Tell your child not to run past a dog.
    • If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm. Avoid eye contact. Stand still until the dog leaves or back away slowly. If you are knocked down, curl into a ball and protect your face with your hands.
    • If a dog bites your child, clean small wounds with soap and water and seek medical attention for larger wounds. For serious wounds, contact authorities and tell them everything you can about the dog: the owner's name, the color and size of the dog, and where you encountered the dog.

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    American Academy of Pediatrics Offers Tips for Reducing Children's Dog Bite Injuries

    July 27, 2012,

    According to Health Day News, "more than half of the 4.7 million people bitten by dogs in the United States annually are children under the age of 14". Moreover, they cite a Center for Disease Control and Prevention statistic that shows that among children, the rate of dog-bite related injuries is highest among those aged 5 to 9.


    In an effort to better equip parents with the knowledge and tools necessary to protect their children from the dangers and hazards associated with dog bite injuries, the American Academy of Pediatrics has put together the following safety tips for both dog owners and parents:

    • Choose a breed with a child-friendly reputation. You can never be 100 percent sure of how a dog is going to behave, but experts recommend breeds such as collies and labradors. Ask a veterinarian about the typical behavior of certain breeds before bringing the dog home.
    • Socialize your dog by continuously exposing the animal to different people and other pets so it is comfortable in a variety of situations.
    • Train your dog to follow commands. Avoid aggressive games, such as wrestling or tug-of-war, which could reinforce bad behaviors.
    • Vaccinate your dog against rabies and other diseases, and neuter your dog, which can decrease aggression.
    • Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
    • Teach children to exercise caution around dogs. Avoid running past dogs and pestering dogs while it's sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
    • Don't let your kids approach dogs without asking the owner's permission first. Children should allow dogs to sniff them first and avoid touching their face, head and tail.
    • If threatened by a dog, children should be told to remain calm, avoid eye contact and stand still until the dog leaves or back away slowly. If that doesn't work and they are knocked down, children should curl into a ball and protect their face with their hands.

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    More Time Spent Outside In the Summer Means Increased Risk of Dog Bite Injuries, State Farm Agent Says

    July 19, 2012,

    In a recent Register Guard article, Jeff Krier, an agent with State Farm Insurance, pointed out some disturbing facts about the prevalence of dog bite injuries. "With summer in full swing", he said, "people and dogs are spending more time outside, in situations that naturally bring them closer together in greater numbers, whether on sidewalks and paths or in parks, picnic areas or even one another's backyards".

    In 2011, the insurance industry reported that insurers had paid more than $475 million in dog-bite claims in that year alone.

    The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that with 65 million dogs in the United States , there are 4.7 million dog-bite incidents every year. The CDC estimates, further, that half of all children ages 12 and younger have been bitten by a dog. "Dog bites actually rank second only to baseball and softball injuries as the reason for visits to the emergency room", the agency reports.

    The most frequent victims of dog bite injuries, unfortunately, are children, ages five to nine. Families that have two or more dogs in their home are five times more likely to suffer dog bite injuries than those living without dogs at home. In order to lessen the frequency of these incidents, the CDC has the recommended the following safety precautions for dog owners:

    • Before deciding to bring a new dog into your house, it is best to consult a professional as to which breed would best fit your home

    • If you have kids you should certainly, avoid dogs with histories of aggression

    • It's a good idea to spend time with the dog before buying or adopting

    • Be sure to spay/neuter your pet

    • Don't play aggressive games with your dog, like wrestling

    • Properly socialize and train your dog, and emphasize submissive behaviors

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    Dog Maulings: Cohn & Swartzon on KABC Channel 7 with Ric Romero - Tonight July 2, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

    July 2, 2012,

    As frequent readers of this blog know, we have discussed the issue of dog bite injuries several times in the past. We recently we forced to file a dog mauling case related to a young girl mauled by a dog at a beach in Orange County. As a result, Ric Romero interviewed Jason Cohn and Saar Swartzon regarding the case and about the dangers of dog bites from a human perspective and a financial one. Ric Romero.JPG

    According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, dogs bite approximately 4.5 million people each year. The most frequent victims, unfortunately, are children, ages five to nine. Families that have two or more dogs in their home are five times more likely to suffer from dog bite injuries than those living without dogs at home.

    The statistics regarding dog bite injuries are staggering:

    • Dogs reside in 1 of 3 homes in the US. According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, about 4.5 million people are bitten each year.
    • Over 880,000 people bitten by dogs require medical attention for dog bite related injuries (1 in 5 bitten). Thousands of people undergo reconstructive surgery each year as a result of dog bites.
    • Children between the ages of 5-9 are most at risk. People with dogs in their home are 5 times more likely to be bitten than those living without dogs.

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