Children, especially young children, tend not to have a healthy fear of, well, much of anything. For instance, they see a dog and want to play with it and pet it, and they often have no idea how dangerous dogs can be. Even the nicest dog can turn and bite when inadvertently provoked. When a dog does bite, the injuries to children can be devastating.
Los Angeles and San Diego are near the top of the list of cities for dog bite attacks involving Postal Service employees. LA comes in second place, with San Diego ranking fourth in the United States. The Post Office says that more than 5,500 workers were victims of dog attacks last year.
Deadly animal bites in San Diego can come in a wide variety of forms, from savage dog attacks, to exotic animals wreaking havoc. However, the wrongful death of a San Diego 10 year old boy came from a surprising culprit: a pet rat purchased from the commercial pet store, Petco.
When one thinks of a dangerous animal bite we usually think of something like a dog bite or being bitten by a wild animal that could be rabid. It is true that these types of bites are common and can cause serious injury, but a new study reveals that there is one type of animal bite many people may be overlooking – cat bites. Cat bites comprise only 10 to 15 percent of animal bites that are treated in emergency rooms and as such are relatively uncommon but these bites can still pose special risks to victims.
A man has reached a settlement agreement with a local police department over an incident in which he was attacked and injured by a police dog. The incident took place while the dog and his handler were out looking for a suspect in a crime, and the man was out walking in morning by himself. The dog was on a very long, 30-foot lead at the time of the attack, when he came over the top of a hill ahead of his handler and jumped on the man who was walking.
In November of last year, an Oakley, California, handyman was walking home from work when he allegedly had a nasty encounter with police officers on the hunt for an armed robbery suspect. Assuming they had found their man, law enforcement officers surrounded the handyman.
Did you know that in the first six months of 2013, every single person who was bitten by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department dog was either African American or Latino? That’s a fact, according to the Police Assessment Resource Center, which works with law enforcement agencies, government officials, court-ordered monitors and civic groups to promote respect, accountability and effectiveness among police.
Three dogs later identified as purebreds reportedly bit four pedestrians last week, three of them quite seriously. The dogs, two Belgian Malinois shepherds and a Dutch Shepherd, were roaming apparently free in the area around Manhattan Place Elementary School in South Los Angeles and attacked pedestrians unlucky enough to encounter them. Fortunately, no children were bitten.
Every year, an estimated 800,000 people in the U.S. seek medical attention for dog bites. Sadly, half of those injured by dog bites are children between the ages of five to nine. Yet surely every parent has heard the advice that children should never be left alone with dogs, no matter how friendly they may seem. Are parents simply negligent, or does that advice simply not work?
Thousands of people visit the San Diego Zoo with the expectation that they can see exotic animals up close without many of the concerns associated with seeing them in the wild. As such, zoo management should take steps to make sure that visitors are safe from animal attacks.