Updated on: 11/14/2017
Animal attacks and bites vary widely from cats, raccoons, opossums and others – yet dogs are responsible for most animals bites and attacks.
A 15-year-old girl suffered from serious cuts to her head after their family dog attacked her with no cause. The dog, a border collie and German shorthair cross, bit a 3-centimeter cut on her head, resulting in four staples. When any animal bites occur, it is required that they are reported. After the incident, the dog was immediately held at a local animal shelter, where he will remain for 10 days per city code.
The dog was evaluated and labeled as not dangerous.
Why Dangerous Dog Designations Are Important
When a dog attacks, there are many things that are taken into consideration; determining whether the dog or animal is vicious, potentially dangerous or dangerous. This could include the severity of the injury, if it is a repeat offense, and physical and behavioral characteristics.
To be characterized as vicious, the dog must have scratched or bitten without provocation. Generally, the owners are given a ticket.
A dog that is characterized as potentially dangerous has caused harm to a person or animal through scratching or biting, but the injury is not serious. Owners are usually required to microchip these dogs. A dangerous dog is one that has caused serious injury to someone. These animals are usually removed from the city of euthanized. City and state laws differ.
If you believe a dog or other animal is dangerous, it is recommended to contact a city official who can assist with your concern. If you have been the victim of an animal attack, contact an attorney immediately who can explain to you your legal rights.