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Why Do Dog Bites Do So Much Damage?
Because dogs have strong teeth and can exert tremendous pressure by their jaws serious damage can occur to the dog bite victim. When a dog clamps down on a leg or arm, for instance, they may not easily release their jaw, and can inflict further damage. Often, more than just a superficial breaking of the skin is involved. This can include damage to the tissues underneath the skin, which can include bones, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. Facial wounds can be particularly serious.
What Kind of Treatments Are There For Dog Attack Victims?
Of the over 800,000 dog bite victims annually in the United States, over 30,000 victims of dog attacks have to undergo reconstructive surgery each year. Current statistics show that 15-20 people die of dog bites annually in the US. Initial treatment involves basic soap and water to clean the wound. Use basic wound treatment to avoid contamination and less the chance of spreading bacteria into the wound.
Who is at The Most at Risk For a Dog Bite?
The risk of being bitten by a dog is greatly increased if there is a dog in the home, or next door, in in the home of where you are visiting. Also the number of dogs matters- the more dogs there are, the greater the risk. Men are more often dog attack victims victims than are women. Young children, between the ages of 5 and 9 are much more likely to be bitten by a dog than are any other age group. Children are also more likely to receive medical attention for their dog mauling injuries.
How Are Dog Bite Attacks Reported?
There is no national system currently in place in the United States of America which keeps track of reports of dog bites. The requirements and guidelines of the reporting agencies and the policies they follow vary widely, from local ordinances to federal law. The original intent of reporting guidelines was to be able to track any time there was an exposure of broken skin to animal saliva. Information was also taken to be able to determine the vaccination status of the animal. An area of public health concern remains the potential of rabies exposure.
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, treat the area immediately. Consider seeking medical treatment and calling the authorities if the bite is more serious than just a breaking of the skin. If you have serious dog bite injuries, you may need to contact a dog bite attorney to review your situation and determine if you may have a dog bite lawsuit.
This means that there may or may not have been any intentional contact in a given reported “bite” incident, simply contact with a tooth that broke skin. It also means that an unknown number of bites are not reported. We suspect that the reason for non-reporting of a dog bite is that the dog, and vaccination status, was known to the injured person, and that either the contact with the dog resulted in no identifiable injury, or that the injury was negligible. It is also reasonable to suppose that a percentage of bites that were reported do not rise to the level of needing medical attention. – See more at: http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dogbites/reported-bites-decreasing/#sthash.nAqfzhV8.dpuf
Most factors that trigger aggression in dogs toward unfamiliar people and
can result in bites fall squarely on owners and include the following:
t Lack of socialization: Isolated dogs that have not had regular,
positive interaction with people may be uncertain, fearful, or aggressive
when encountering people or other animals.
t Lack of supervision and restraint: Dogs left alone on the premises
are likely to see an intruder as a threat. This is made worse if the dog is
chained and thus unable to flee.
t Reproductive status: Available public-health reports show that more
bites are inflicted by unsterilized dogs.
t Pain and illness: Dogs who are in pain from injury, disease, or
neglect are more likely to see any approach or contact with a human
as a threat of more pain.
t Abuse: Dogs who have reason to fear humans may try to drive away
the threat.The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters
Frequency of Dog Shootings by Police Officers
In most police departments, the majority of shooting incidents involve animals,
most frequently dogs. For example, nearly three-fourths of the shooting incidents
in Milwaukee from January 2000–September 2002 involved shots fired at dogs,
with 44 dogs killed by officers during that period.
Information furnished by
various California law enforcement agencies indicated that at least one-half of all
intentional discharges of a firearm by an officer from 2000–2005 involved animals.
It is in the interests of every department to reduce such occurrences. Departments
should review firearm-discharge reports to determine the frequency of the incidents
and the circumstances involved, and then take steps to reduce the number of
Factors Contributing to Dog-Related Incidents
Reckless, Uneducated, or Inhumane Owners
t Owners who allow dogs to run at large
t Owners who leave tethered or chained dogs unattended
t Owners who neglect or abuse dogs, either failing to provide for their basic
health, shelter, and sustenance needs or actively abusing them
t Owners who keep dogs in a chronically unclean, unhealthy environment
t Owners who train or keep dogs exclusively for purposes of personal or
t Owners who are largely absent
t Owners who irresponsibly breed dogs
t Owners who keep a large number of dogs in a small space
t Owners who fight dogs
THERE IS NO DOCUMENTED CASE OF A POLICE OR PEACE O
RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP LAWS ARE EFFECTIVE Responsible pet ownership laws are laws that require all dog owners to exercise humane care, custody, and control of their dogs. Responsible pet ownership laws set acceptable and achievable minimum standards of pet owner behavior, agreed upon by all of the stakeholders within a community. The community then holds people accountable to those standards. A model set of acceptable and achievable standards includes: 1. Requiring that owners license their pets and provide permanent ID. 2. Facilitating and requiring the proper care, training, and socialization of pets. 3. Spaying and neutering pets if they are not part of a responsible breeding program. A responsible pet ownership community would never mandate spay/neuter. It would provide education, make spay/neuter services accessible and affordable to all citizens, and implement reasonable levels of differential licensing for spayed/unspayed and neutered/un-neutered pets. – See more at: http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dog-legislation/effective-v-ineffective-laws/#sthash.Oe46HqGY.dpuf