Aggressive Dog Breeds
Pets are treasured members of our families and households. This is as true in San Antonio as it is around the country. Just look at some information from a recent survey of dog owners taken by rover.com:
- 27% of dog owners share photos of their dog on social media outlets more than pictures of friends, family members, or even selfies
- 46% of dog owners will give thought to ending a relationship if they believe their dog does not get along with their partner
- 75% of dog owners rely on their dogs or watching videos of dogs to lift their spirits when having a bad day
- 49% of dog owners sing to their dogs
- 60% of dog owners greet their dogs when they get home before greeting anyone else
- 57% of dog owners celebrate their dog’s birthday
- 73% of dog owners include their dogs in special occasions such as family photos, trips, and marriage proposals
Yes, dogs can certainly be man’s best friend. But what happens when a San Antonio resident owns a dog from a member of what are known to be aggressive dog breeds and someone becomes the victim of a dog bite or animal attack?
Below, our San Antonio dog bite attorneys have compiled information on aggressive dog breeds for your benefit. While you may never know when or why a dog becomes aggressive, you should always keep a watchful eye on the following breeds:
- Pit Bulls
- German Shepherds
- Doberman Pinchers
Any dog, regardless of breed, can and will bite someone given different circumstances such as mistreatment, the behavior of the dog bite victim, or the perceived threat a victim poses to the dog or the dog's family. There is, however, no question that aggressive dog breeds have a genetic predisposition towards dangerous behavior and pose a risk for you to experience a serious injury.
Studies have shown that the increased population of large dogs in America has resulted in an increased severity of dog bite injuries. 44 percent of all reported dog bite cases involved German Shepherds yet the breed accounted for only 22 percent of license registrations. Less than 20 percent of dog bites involved small purebred dogs, but those breeds accounted for more than 40 percent of registrations. The pit bull has historically been a major offender of dog bite injuries to children. These dogs can be unstable, with 94 percent of pit bull attacks reported as unprovoked.
An attack from an aggressive and dangerous dog can be traumatizing and disruptive to your daily life. You will incur unexpected medical treatment, may have to deal with law enforcement and local animal control agencies, and experience the complicated process of filing an injury claim against the owner of the dog. It is therefore imperative to have a knowledgeable attorney by your side.
If you’ve experienced a dog attack in San Antonio, the medical expenses you incur may be covered by the dog owner’s insurance. You can be sure that the insurance company will employ attorneys to help them minimize what they will pay out. You need a lawyer ready to fight on your behalf and make sure you receive the compensation to which you’re entitled. An experienced attorney will know how to deal with the insurance company so you don’t have to.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite or other animal related injury, please contact the attorneys of Carabin & Shaw in San Antonio today. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means that there is never a fee unless we successfully resolve your case.
For immediate assistance and to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers, call us toll-free at 1.800.862.1260.