Protecting Yourself Against Dog Bites and Attacks
Daytona Beach is a dog friendly town, with plenty of places for pet owners to enjoy outings with their pooches. While owners are generally required to keep their furry friends leashed and under control at all times, it is not uncommon to encounter them running free. Unfortunately, this creates a public hazard and can result in potentially serious dog bites and attacks. It is important to be aware of the risks and the steps you can take to keep yourself safe.
When Are Dogs Most Likely To Bite or Attack?
The City of Daytona Beach lists a number of places for dog owners to enjoy outings with their pups. Many local shops and eateries also welcome animals and it is not uncommon to find dogs running loose in neighborhoods or apartment complexes. While they may have a reputation for being trusted companions, the fact is that even the most mild-mannered dog can bite under certain circumstances and allowing them free reign increases the risks.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 800,000 people require medical attention as a result of dog bites each year. To protect yourself against potentially life-threatening personal injuries, it is important to be aware of the conditions in which dog bites and attacks most often occur:
- When a dog is eating;
- When they feel their food source or owner is being threatened;
- When they are protecting their young or their property;
- When they are scared or feeling insecure due to loud noises or nearby commotion
- When they are hurt or sick.
Protecting Yourself Against Dog Bites
The Spruce warns that even if you know a dog and have interacted well with it before, it could still bite or attack. To protect yourself, take the following precautions:
- Always ask the owner’s permission before approaching a dog.
- Avoid approaching a dog that is unrestrained or running loose.
- Avoid approaching a dog when it is sleeping, eating, or taking care of its young.
- If you do receive permission to pet a dog, reach out slowly and let it sniff your hand first.
If you encounter a dog who seems aggressive, avoid making loud noises or turning and running in the opposite direction. This may cause the dog to chase and attack you. Instead, avoid eye contact and slowly back away. If it attempts to bite or come at you, use items such as a coat, handbag, or backpack to protect yourself. In the midst of an attack, curl into a fetal position. Keep your hands and arms close to your body and tuck your head down to protect your face.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
Dog bites can cause potentially life-threatening injuries. Even in relatively minor cases, you could be left with permanent physical and emotional scars. At Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A., we help you hold the dog’s owner accountable. For trusted legal guidance in filing a claim, call or contact our Daytona Beach dog bite attorneys and request a consultation today.