Territorial dogs pose potential dangers for children

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2015 | Dog Bites & Animal Attacks |

If a dog is properly trained and cared for, it will likely never cause anyone a moment’s distress. Likewise, if a dog’s owner prevents the dog from roaming freely throughout a neighborhood, then it will have little opportunity to get into trouble. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to take on the responsibilities of dog ownership.

A dog is often compelled to protect the area in which it primarily lives. This can be quite advantageous for owners who are looking to keep intruders off their property. But if a dog is permitted to wander about unsupervised, it may start to believe that it is charged with protecting all it surveys.

This can become extremely problematic when a dog lays claim to territory commonly occupied by the public. Of special concern are areas where children walk, play or otherwise congregate. An encounter with an aggressive dog can be terrifying for a child. And should a dog attack, there is very little that children can do to defend themselves.

A dog attack can leave a victim with serious bite injuries that require immediate medical attention. Some injuries can be severe enough to cause permanent disfigurement.

Those who knowingly allow an aggressive or dangerous dog to roam free should be held accountable for any harm caused by the animal. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get compensation for injuries caused by dog attacks. In fact, Texas has a “one bite” law which provides that in general to seek compensation, you must be able to prove that a dog has previously bitten someone.

This is why having a Texas personal injury attorney on your side can be beneficial if you or a member of your family is ever bitten by a dog. The Tyler & Peery law firm handles dog bite cases and you can go to our page on animal bites to see the specifics of our services.