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Dog Attack In The National News

A dog mauling recently made national news and was covered by CNN.  According to their report, three dogs attacked a young girl in Detroit and killed her.  The owner of the dogs was charged with second-degree murder, as well as involuntary manslaughter and dangerous animal causing death.  Neighbors of the dog owner reported that the owner knew the dogs were dangerous, but left them unsecured outside while he went to run errands.  The little girl rode by on her bike and was attacked and subsequently died as a result of her injuries.  

Although PA homeowners do not have to worry about breed-specific homeowners insurance policies, you are still liable as a pet owner for how your dog acts in the presence of others.  If your dog attacks another person, you can be held legally responsible.  On the opposite end, if you are attacked by another person's dog, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.   At Attorney Doug Stoehr's practice, we are skilled in handling your dog bite claims. Please call our Altoona, PA area office for more information at 814-946-4100.

Original article may be found here:  https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/23/us/dogs-mauling-owner-charged/index.html

Dog Attack In PA Area

Unfortunately, another dog bite case has made state news recently.  In the Erie, PA area, a child was seriously injured after being attacked by a neighbor's dog.  The child's injuries were serious enough that he was transported to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. On top of the injuries, the news reported that the dog was not current on its rabies shots.

Dog Bites And Owner Responsibility

Did you know that, depending on your state, dog bites can factor into your home insurance policy?  About 1/3 of all homeowners insurance claims paid out in recent years were a result of dog bites and other dog injuries.  The type of dog you own matters to insurers, too. They use statistics to determine which dog breeds are considered more likely to bite, and will sometimes deny home insurance to people who own certain dog breeds.  Although "breed restriction" is not legal in Pennsylvania, it is still important information to know when considering adding a new pet to your home. 

Avoiding Dog Bites During Seasonal Gatherings

Thanksgiving is nearly here and Christmas is coming right afterwards! However, this time of year may not be easy for your pets.  The holidays can be a stressful time for both dogs and their owners.  Anecdotally, reports of dog bites appear to increase during the holiday season and is often appears to be due, in part, to dogs being exposed to an increase in movement, activity, and exposure to unfamiliar people.  These unknown people and situations can be frightening to dogs, and may make them appear defensive and more prone to biting people. In order to keep both pets and owners safe this holiday season, our law firm has a few tips to offer:

Dog Bite Injuries Can Be Deadly

Dog bites are scary, messy, and potentially fatal.  In recent months, dog bites have been getting a great deal of press due to several cases in which dog bite victims have died as a result of their injuries.  Sometimes, these injuries are directly due to the injuries sustained in the attacks, while other times these deaths are due to infections caused by bacteria transferred from the dog to the human victim.  Of course, these attacks are largely avoidable if pet owners remember to be smart, responsible, safe, and considerate of others. 

Dog Attacks Two Children Under 5 Years Old In Lancaster, PA

Sometimes, dog attacks happen. They are scary, unexpected, and can result in some serious lasting physical and emotional damage. It is even worse when they happen to young children. One such dog attack happened recently in Lancaster, PA. According to Lancaster Online, a dog recently attacked two children who were sitting in carseats in a minivan outside getting ready to go inside their home.  The dog, who gave both young children serious facial injuries, had broken through a fence and approached the children. One of the children is in the ICU, while the other child was recently released from the hospital.  The owner of the dog chose have it euthanized after a period of quarantine to make sure that it doesn't have rabies.  

PA Ranks #4 In The Country For Dog Bite Claims

Dog bites and dog attacks are a big problem, especially in Pennsylvania.  According to nationally compiled data, Pennsylvania sits at the #4 spot for the number of dog bite claims each year by state.  Last year, that meant that almost 1,000 dog bites resulted in some type of legal action.So, how can you help prevent a dog attack while you're out this summer? Follow a few simple tips:

When Dogs Attack

Although we hope this never happens to you, it is important to know how to keep yourself safe in the event that you are attacked by a dog.  This is crucial, especially since dogs bite almost 5 million Americans a year, and almost a million of those people seek medical treatment.  In fact, almost 400,000 of those victims have such bad injuries that they require immediate attention in the emergency room.  

Bite Prevention: Keeping Your Dog From Harming Others

Often, we hear about the victims' sides in terms of dog bite cases.  However, what can owners do to prevent their dogs from biting other dogs or people?  Take a look at these tips below, courtesy of HumaneSociety.org:

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