Karen was on her way home from school one day when she found that the front gate to her neighbor's yard was open. She froze in terror as she remembered the huge pit bull that usually lurked behind those gates, viscously barking at anyone who dared pass too close to the steel bars. Holding her breath, she tiptoed pass the gate, careful not to make a sound. Suddenly, a low rumble came from the bushes, and Karen twirled around to find herself face to face with the snarling dog. She panicked, screamed, and dashed up her driveway as fast as her legs could carry her. She fumbled with her keys and screamed again as the dog lunged toward her, and bit her in the leg
Regrettably this scary situation is not an unusual as you may believe. Here are the stunning statistics on dog bites and dog attacked from the Centers for Disease Control:
1. About 4.5 million individuals are bitten by dogs each year.
2. Almost one in five of those who suffer from dog attacks (a total of 885,000) require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries.
3. In 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent plastic surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.
4. Kids are most at risk for dog attacks, with the highest rate of dog-bite related injuries, occurring among Minors ages 5 to 9.
Experts say dog bits are highly preventable if enough precautionary methods are made. The CDC recommends the following basic safety points to help safeguard yourself or your Children from dog attacks:
1. Never approach an unfamiliar dog. Though a dog may seem well-meaning, approachable or cute at basic glance, this situation can shift from playful to horrible in an instant. A terrible dog may look to aggression as the only means of safety, which may lead to you being bitten by the dog.
2. Do not run from a dog or shout. If an unfamiliar dog approaches, your initial instinct might be to run or to shout. But this only promotes the dog to go after you. You never want to put yourself in this situation which often ends with a dog bite. Instead, try to remain frozen if approached by an unfamiliar dog.
3. If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still.
4. Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual or aggressive behavior to your local animal control center.
5. Avoid direct eye contact with a dog. Dogs may understand this as a threat and it could
result in aggressive behavior.
6. Never touch a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
7. Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you initial.
8. If bitten, immediately report the attack to the proper agencies.
You may observe all the safeguards above and a dog attack might still happen. If you are ever bitten by a dog, you should immediately report the bite to the right authorities. Additionally, if you have suffered injuries as a result of the dog attack, you may be eligible for compensation from the dog's owner for all costs related to your injuries. It is very important that you talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer, as soon as possible following the dog attack, to find the best course of action for your cause.