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The Most Dangerous Breeds of Dogs

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Family Safety | 0 comments

On January 3, 2016, a 9-year old boy was brutally killed by his half-sister’s three pit bulls after he was left alone with the dogs. The three animals, a mother and two offsprings, were raised by the owner herself, who also said that she has no idea what made the animals do what they did to her brother.

On February 7 of the same year, a 3-day old male infant was bitten on the head by their family dog, a male labrador-shepherd mix. Prior to the accident, the infant’s 21-year old mother placed him in a plastic laundry basket and laid the basket on the floor beside the couch where she fell asleep. It appeared that the basket was used by the dog as bed. Finding an infant where he was supposed to sleep, the dog was said to have tried to pick the baby up. The autopsy report said that the infant died after the dog’s teeth pierced his skull which caused brain injuries.

There are hundreds more of stories that tell about the scary reality of babies, children, senior citizens and people in different age brackets getting attacked or bitten by dogs. According to the Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4.5 million dog bites are reported in the United State every year. In 2012, more than 27,000 people necessitated reconstructive surgery due to dog bites, while in 2015, there were 34 dog bite-related fatalities.

Though many different breeds of dogs have been known to cause injuries and/or death, the top two breeds that cause the most harm are Rottweilers (second) and Pit Bulls (first in the list of most dangerous dog breeds). A 1982-2014 compilation of dog attack deaths and injuries show that Rottweilers harmed 538-5 individuals and killed 85 others; Pit Bulls injured 3,397 people and caused 295 fatal attacks.

According to The Benton Law Firm, in a number of states, like in Texas, for example, owners of dogs which happen to cause injury to someone can be held liable (and may even be criminally charged). If a dog, however, kills someone, then its owner may even be charged with a second-degree felony and may face up to 20 years in prison. A civil lawsuit,on the other hand, can help the victim claim compensation that would cover medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering.

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