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Pet owners strictly liable in Massachusetts with some exceptions

In general, pet owners are strictly liable in Massachusetts for harm their pets cause with some exceptions. A dog was recently saved from euthanization in a neighboring Massachusetts' community just west of Worcester. Authorities deemed the dog dangerous. Greater than 100 people from the community showed support for the dog who belongs to a local restaurant owner. According to police, the dog has bitten twelve people. According to supporters for the dog, individuals who have been bitten by the dog have been trespassing at the time the dog bite occurred.

Understanding the seriousness of dog bites and resources to help

Animal attacks can cause devastating injuries. According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 4.7 million people are bitten in this country by dogs each year. Among these dog bite victims, 800,000 seek medical treatment for their injuries and half the number, or 400,000, of the reported dog bite victims are children. The highest number of injuries occurs in children ages five to nine. With a reported 74.8 million dogs considered pets across the country in 2007-2008, it is no surprise that such a large number of bites occur.

How serious is the problem of dog bites in Massachusetts?

It is often noted that dogs are man's best friend. However, sometimes, circumstances can instead lead to a dog attack. Victims of dog attacks may be left with serious and disfiguring injuries, as well as physical and emotional scars. In Massachusetts, during 2006, there were 6,300 dog bite injuries that required medical attention. Of those injuries, 146 of them required admission to the hospital for treatment.

A look at Massachusetts' dog-bite law

Animal attacks and dog bites are a serious concern throughout the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by a dog each year; of that number, half of the victims are children. Of those bitten, one in five requires medical attention and treatment for the dog bite; again, half of the 885,000 individuals who are bitten and require medical attention and treatment are children. In addition, in 2012, 27,000 individuals had to undergo reconstructive surgery due to dog bite injuries which can often result in scarring or disfigurement.

Elderly man suffers injuries in Massachusetts' animal attack

When unexpectedly harmed, victims who have suffered as the result of a dog bite injury may have legal recourse and options to consider. In a nearby community east of Worcester, an aggressive dog recently attacked another dog and the dog's owner, killing the dog and inflicting injuries on the dog's 83-year-old owner.

Pet cat saves boy from animal attack after boy suffers dog bite

A dog bite injury can have serious physical, emotional and financial consequences. A significant amount of recent media attention has focused on a cat that saved a 4-year-old boy from a dog attack. The little boy was riding a small bike when the dog snuck up behind the boy, attacked him and pulled him off of the bike. The cat attacked the 8-month old dog and continued to chase the dog out of the family's driveway.

Woman's lower lip bitten off by dog in Massachusetts

Victims of animal attacks may wish to better understand the legal resources available to protect victims following a dog attack.

One teen killed, another injured in dog bite attack

Animal attacks can be traumatic and have devastating outcomes which is why victims, and family members of victims, are protected through the legal process.

Holiday season brings a greater number of dog bites

The U.S. Postal Service reports that December is the worst month for dog bites. Additionally, it reports that December is the worst month for dog-related injuries. One reason for this is that during the holiday season, mail carriers are, of course, delivering a greater volume of mail and holiday packages. In the calendar year from July 2012 through the end of June 2013, 2,700 dog bites took place. The postal service hopes to remind people of the importance of responsible pet ownership.

Man receives $650,000 following dog bite injury

Animal attack and dog bite injuries can be significant and costly.

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