On Tuesday morning, an incident involving a child and a dog sent a chilling reminder to Americans everywhere that dog bite incidents must not be ignored.
All too often, individuals ignore the potential risks associated with dogs, even in familiar environments. In many cases, individuals who are attacked even know the dog, and are close to the dog’s owner. While this was not the case with the most recent incident involving the 3-year-old, individuals should not ignore the potential risks.
According to a series of news reports, the 3-year-old whose face was bitten by a dog this Monday is expected to survive.
The incident happened when the child approached the dog to pet it after the owner told the girl’s family that she was allowed to reach out. The moment she approached, however, he attacked her, biting her in the face.
No other individuals were injured.
According to the official data produced by the US federal government, about 1,000 individuals in the United States require emergency care treatment for dog bite injury every single day. This is an incredible amount of cases daily, making the dog bite problem a serious one that deserves our attention.
Some of the dog breeds most commonly involved in attacks that lead to disfiguring injuries and fatalities include pit bulls, rottweillers, presa canarios, cane corsos, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasileiros, sharpeis, boxers, and mixed dogs that have some or any of these breeds in their genetic makeup.
According to the government, 86 percent of the attacks involving these dog breeds result in bodily harm while 86 result in maiming. In 76 percent of the cases, fatalities are reported. About 81 percent of the attacks initiated by these breeds impact children.
If you and your loved ones are serious about your safety and the safety of your children, make sure you always know how to handle dogs in the event of an emergency. If a dog you’re near is presenting certain stress signals, do not reach out or move closer.
Signs of discomfort coming from the dog include frozen body, tongue flicking out of its mouth, touching its nose, or lifted lips and growling.
In order to learn more about how to avoid these incidents and stay safe, watch the video below.