National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 20-26: What You Should Know

Just do a Google search and you will see that the problem is widespread in Florida:

  • A pit bull escapes its enclosure in a Spring Hill neighborhood, wanders into a yard where children are playing and attacks a 14-year-old girl. The teen has to be taken to Oak Hill Hospital for treatment of her injuries and a Hernando County Sheriff Deputy has to subdue the dog with a stun gun.
  • In Jacksonville, a man is mauled as he defends his 5-year-old daughter from a pit bull that charged at them from a local auto detailing business. He requires 36 stitches in his left thigh.

And those are just two of many incidents that have occurred in just the past two weeks.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is sponsoring National Dog Bite Prevention Week to make Americans aware that nearly 5 million people are bittern by dogs every year and that children are by far the most common victims. Approximately 400,000 children receive medical attention each year as a result of dog bites.

The AMVA suggests that dog owners properly train their dogs, use a leash in public and make sure that enclosures and gates are secure to prevent their dogs from getting loose. They also recommend that everybody be cautious around strange dogs, never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog and to be alert for potentially dangerous situations.

We see far too many tragic results due to dog attacks and wholeheartedly support the efforts of the AMVA to raise public awareness about the dangers of dog attacks and how to prevent them. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury due to a dog attack, you may be entitled to compensation. You can contact the Jacksonville dog bite lawyers at Farah & Farah to discuss your legal options. We’re at (800) 533-3555.