An animal control supervisor in Lafayette, Ind. has said no breed of dog is more likely to bite than another, claiming dogs’ lack of socialization leads to bites.
Supervisor Josh Klumpe said education is crucial to prevent dog bite attacks.
In an interview with WLFI, Klumpe said he does not believe one breed, like pit bulls, to be more likely to attack.
“Every dog can bite somebody. If it’s got teeth, it can bite, and no breed is more likely to bite than the other,” he said in the interview.
Klumpe said to prevent these bites, people must be educated on the likelihood of attacks. He said when dogs start licking their lips or yawning, they may be uncomfortable and more likely to attack.
Most Dangerous Breeds
While Klumpe said no one dog breed is more dangerous than another, dog bite lawyers who see hard data every year may disagree. One study showed that between 2005 and 2013, pit bulls and Rottweilers caused 74 percent of dog bites. Pit bulls also killed 173 people during this period. In 2013, pit bulls caused more deaths than any other breed. Other breeds, including boxers, Shiba Inus, Mastiffs, German Shepherds, and Cane Corsos, all cause a relatively high number of injuries and deaths, as well.
How to Keep Yourself Safe
Every year, 4.7 million people register dog bite claims, and 6,000 of these require hospitalization. Dog bite attorneys see many of these cases brought to court across the country. To protect yourself from becoming part of these statistics, you must know how to react when a dog looks like it may attack. If a dog looks like it may bite or attack you, don’t run away—many dogs will instinctively want to attack you if you are running from them. Instead, try to stay calm and back away slowly. If the dog still looks like it will attack, be ready to go on the defense. Cover your throat and neck, and drop into a ball if you need to. Try not to pull away, as that can only make the bite worse. If you are concerned about a dog attacking you, you may want to carry pepper spray or some other protective device.
What to Do if a Dog Has Bitten You
If you’ve been bitten by a dog of any size or breed, you may be experiencing negative health effects that require visits to the doctor or hospital and, consequently, costly medical bills. A dog bite attorney in Illinois can help you determine what your rights are in this state and how you can begin your case.
The team of lawyers at Malman Law has experience in dog bite cases in Chicago and across the state, so they can help you get the justice you deserve. To get started with your case, contact Steven J. Malman, or read our download about dog bites.