At the Law Offices of Alan LeVar, which serves the communities in an around Little Rock, several of our personal injury attorneys also are animal lovers. So we know that once you’ve bonded with a dog, it can be difficult to imagine a situation in which your canine friend causes serious injury to a person or another animal.
But severe dog bites happen more often than you may realize. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that more than 4.7 million dog bite incidents occur in the U.S. each year. Around 800,000 of those cases result in someone seeking emergency medical attention.
Few instances call for you to be a responsible pet owner like a situation in which your dog bit someone. Here are five things to keep in mind if your dog is a biter.
- Remain calm and polite. Your first instinct may be to act defensive on behalf of your animal. But your goal should be to deescalate the situation. So be courteous to the alleged victim while you survey the need for a doctor and exchange contact information.
- Remove the animal. If you’re out in public, take the animal home and secure it in a safe place.
- Remain with the victim. Seek out the nearest hospital if necessary. You also may be able to avoid further litigation if offer to pay for any medical expenses.
- Alert animal control. Like it or not, once your dog has bitten a person, your pet may be considered a threat. You’ll have the best chance of controlling what happens with your dog going forward if you’re forthcoming with animal control officers and follow their advice about how to proceed.
- Seek out obedience training. With luck, your animal can remain in your home. You should consider this a second chance to properly socialize and train your dog in order to prevent any future bites.
Dog bite prevention is always easier than managing a crisis after-the-fact. As a pet owner, it’s important that you understand why dog bites happen, and then work with your animal so that you never find yourself in this type of unfortunate situation.
If your dog does bite someone, or you’re the victim of a serious dog bite, our personal injury lawyers can help. Please contact the Law Office of Alan LeVar online or by telephone to schedule your free Little Rock personal injury attorney consultation: (888) 220-7068.