As a parent, there’s no doubt you do everything in your power to keep your children safe. When taking into account that children are more at risk of being injured due to a dog bite or attack than adults, it is important to be aware of the dangers posed by dogs so that you can help prevent your child from being bitten.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that children between the ages of 5 and 9 experience the highest rate of dog bite injuries. While it is the responsibility of a dog owner to ensure that their dog does not harm others, here are some safety tips to teach your child in the event that he or she encounters an aggressive or unrestrained dog:
Another San Diego dog bite attack investigation is underway. Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a pit bull by a homeowner in the Valencia Park section of San Diego.
Police say the dog was shot Monday night in the 5800 block of Duluth Avenue. The pit bull allegedly attacked a man and his husky while they were outside. According to police, the dog attack prompted the man to into his house and get a gun. The man then attack the pit bull with the butt of the gun, but when the dog would not retreat – he opened fire, killing it.
San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a deadly dog mauling in Fallbrook. Officials believe eight large dogs attacked and killed a woman who was taking care of them.
The woman’s body was found in the 1300 block of Calle Tecolotlan around 5:15 p.m. When deputies arrived at the scene, they discovered eight Old English bulldogs running loose in the backyard near where the woman’s body was found. Officials say the woman had injuries that appeared to be consistent with dog bites.
A relative of the 30-year-old deceased woman found the body in the 1300-block of Calle Tecolotlan around 5:15 p.m. Sunday and called police, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
A recent increase in fatal dog attacks in California has initiated some counties to examine mandatory neutering of pit bulls and other aggressive dog breeds. According to MercuryNews.com, a 2-year-old boy was killed on July 31 after being attacked in his home by the family’s shepherd-mix. Another 2-year-old boy was killed in Concord from a fatal mauling and in a separate dog bite accident, a man’s three pit bulls killed his stepson.
While some dog bite attacks in San Diego and throughout California are quickly attributed to a dog’s breed, when many of these accidents are looked into more closely, liability can fall upon the dog owner. Dog training, socialization, and other responsibilities of a dog owner can play a significant role in preventing dog attacks and bite injuries. How a dog is raised and socialized can greatly influence its behavior and how it interacts with humans.