What Happens If Your Dog Bites Someone


Even the nicest dog can bite someone. It happens. A child running up to hug the cute puppy, a person walking along a street that meets up with a loose dog, a visiting teenager that does not understand “dog language”, may all be victims of an injury caused by a dog. Most people that are bitten are family or friends of the owner of the biting dog. Most victims are children.

How do you avoid a scenario that includes an injury caused by your dog? First, NEVER leave a child under ten with any dog without adult supervision. Safely contain your dog in your yard or home. Use a leash when off of your property. Never assume your dog will like other people or dogs. Address any aggressive or timid behaviors with your veterinarian.

So what do you do if your dog does bite someone? Make sure the victim seeks treatment right away to avoid infection. Produce your dog’s current rabies certificate immediately. Call your insurance agent as home owner’s insurance may cover costs that accrue.

State Farm Insurance agent Beverly Martin of Orwigsburg will be presenting a seminar on Dog Bite Liability on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm. The location is Canine Learning Center on Rt 61 South right next door to Schuylkill Veterinary Hospital in Pottsville. Admission for the public is free; interested parties can call  622-1098 to reserve a seat.

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