Dog Bite Prevention
Though Connecticut does not have a higher than average number of dog bites we do have to be concerned about the potential for attacks. Statistically, children are bitten more than any other group. In order to protect your child and yourself please read over the following dog bite prevention tips.
- Never approach a strange dog- No matter if the dog is in a fence, chained or in a car do not ever approach a dog. Unfamiliar people can frighten or cause it to become territorial. A territorial dog is more likely to attack.
- Pay attention to what the dog is doing- Though you should never approach any dog, even a familiar dog can become aggressive when it is eating, sleeping or has puppies.
- Do not provoke a dog- Teasing, running away from, chasing or yelling at a dog can upset it. Even the most docile dog may not stand for teasing or chasing.
- Do not stare at a dog- Staring into the eyes of a dog is a sign of aggression within a dog pack. For this reason do not stare at a dog, whether you know the dog or not.
- Ask permission before petting a dog- If a dog is with its owner do not approach it without asking the owner. If you do approach the dog ensure that you let the dog smell you hand before petting it.
- Do not leave children alone with a dog– Dogs, even those you believe are safe, can and do attack small children. Children may startle or hurt the dog, and it may, in turn, bite or attack.
- Try to remain calm- If a strange dog approaches you try not to run or yell. If the dog is not acting aggressively allow it to smell you.
- Report suspicious or aggressive dogs- If a dog is acting at all aggressive or “off” please report it to your local animal control office.
Though protecting yourself from a dog attack is important even if you take every precaution dogs can and do attack.
If you or your child has been bitten or attacked by a dog in Connecticut please contact your experienced pet attack attorney at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren today for your free consultation.
Rabies is a very preventable disease that affects mammals. According to the Center for Disease Control the most common type of transmission is through the bite of an animal who has contracted the disease. Prevention is key in keeping dog, cats and humans safe from the potentially deadly illness. Please read on to learn more about how rabies affects both animals and humans.
- What rabies is– Rabies is an virus that infects the central nervous system. If the disease goes on unchecked it can disease the brain and cause death.
- How rabies is transmitted– Rabies is passed from animal to animal through the saliva of an infected animal. The most common way for the saliva to enter the body is through a bite. Any bites from either wild or domesticated animals should be reported to your doctor or veterinarian.
- Signs and symptoms– Early signs of rabies include: flu like symptoms, weakness, fever, headache, and an itching sensation at the bite site. A few days after the infection is transmitted other symptoms may appear such as: cerebral dysfunction, confusion, anxiety, agitation, delirium, hallucinations and insomnia. If a person is exhibiting signs of the disease it have likely progressed too far for successful treatment. It is crucial that you report any animal bite to your doctor BEFORE signs appear.
- Prevention– Preventing rabies starts with ensuring that any and all pets are immunized against rabies. If you own a cat, dog or ferret be sure to keep their rabies vaccination up to date. If there are any stray dogs in your neighborhood DO call animal control. These animals may be ill or unvaccinated.
If you have been bitten or attacked by an animal we cannot stress enough the importance of reporting it to a physician. Even if you do not believe the animal was ill it is better to ensure that you are protected from this serious disease.
After reporting the bite please contact your experienced Connecticut (CT) personal injury lawyer at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren for your free consultation.
Preventing Dog Bites- A Dog Owners Guide
The American Veterinary Medical Association is a non-profit organization that works to provide current information on all things pet related. From animal health to current news the AVMA has you, as a pet owner, covered. In this article we will be looking at the steps you can take to prevent your dog from biting. Please read on to learn more about how you can protect yourself and those around you.
Any Dog can Bite
According to the AVMA, “Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pup can bite if provoked.” The vast majority of people who are bitten are bitten by their own dog or a dog they know.
High-risk for Dog Bites
Children are bitten at a much higher rate than adults. In addition, the elderly, home service providers, meter readers and mail carriers are more likely to be bitten.
Prevention Tips for Dog Owners
- Talk to the vet- Be sure to speak with a veterinarian before getting a dog. Your vet can talk to you about typical breed characteristics and can give an assessment of the dogs’ basic behaviors.
- Socialize your pet- A puppy must be slowly and safely introduced to new situations. Be sure to bring your puppy around other people, animals and places to ensure that he does not feel scared away from home.
- Wait- Most dog bites are seen in very young children. If you have very young children wait until they are older than four.
- Train your dog- Even the most basic commands are important for every dog. Sit, stay, no and come will help your dog stay under control and will make your time together more enjoyable.
- Keep it healthy- A well dog is a happy dog and a happy dog is less likely to bite. Ensure that your dog is feeling well and that she has current immunizations.
- Neuter or spay your dog- This not only keeps dog populations in check studies have shown that altered dogs are less likely to bite.
- Be responsible- Use common sense. License your dog, obey leash laws, have a fenced yard and spend time with them. Dogs that are around people often are less likely to develop a behavioral problem.
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the information here helps prevent dog bites across Connecticut (Conn). A dog attack can leave a child or an adult with long lasting mental and physical scars.
Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Animal Control Division
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Animal Control Division is “responsible for the investigation of property damage, injury and nuisance caused by dogs.” In addition, the Division enforces dog licensing and control laws, the inspection of pet facilities and rabies control. The Division investigates reports of animal cruelty and rehabilitates evidence animals involved in cruelty prosecutions.
The following information will take a closer look at what the Division does to protect dogs and prevent attacks. Please click on any underlined words below to visit the Divisions website directly.
- Dog licensing, health and control- The Division mandates that all dogs three months and older be vaccinated and all dogs over six months be licensed in the state. In addition, they regulate the ways that dogs can be imported into the state and transported around Conn.
- Property damage, injury and nuisance- The law states the dogs are personal property and that owners are responsible for damages caused by their dog. The agency works to investigate any claim of property damage or injury. They also quarantine any dogs that bite either a human or another dog.
- Rabies control– The agency, along with state and local authorities work together to deal with rabid and suspected rabid animals, verify rabies vaccination status and provide transportation and handling of specimens for testing.
- Animal cruelty- The animal control division is the only agency tasked with enforcing animal cruelty violations. They investigate small companion and livestock cruelty complaints along with illegal animal fighting and animal hoarding.
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the information listed on this page will help you better understand the laws associated with dog bites and property damage. If you or your child has been bitten by a dog please contact the CT Animal Control Division and seek medical attention.
“Pit bull” is actually a term that refers to the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier and any other dog that has the appearance of any of those breeds. All of these breeds originated from a bulldog and a variety of terriers. Some highly publicized cases of pit bull attacks have lead to legislation in several states, cities and counties. In addition, people who own pit bulls may have to pay increased liability insurance rates. Below we will take a closer look at bite statistics, possible dangers and legislation against the breed.
- Statistics– According to a 2000 study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on dog bite related fatalities there were 238 people killed by dogs over a 24 year period. During this period pit bull terriers or pit bull terrier mixes were said to be responsible for 76, or 32 percent of these deaths. The CDC does state that breed specific attack information is only recorded when there is a fatal bite. These bites represent only .0002 percent of the 4.7 million dog bites that occur each year. Other research shows that fatalities caused by pit bull-type dogs have decreased nearly every year since 2005.
- Legislation– Legislation against owning put bull-type dogs varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and range in their severity. In some areas a ban has been placed on owning any pit bull-type dog. However, opponents of breed-specific legislation believe that better consumer education and comprehensive yet general dog bite legislation would be sufficient in preventing dog bites and attacks from all breeds of dogs.
- Liability Insurance– If a dog bites, the owner of the dog is held liable. If the victim decides to file a lawsuit the dog owner’s rental or homeowners insurance provide coverage for the owner. However, some insurance companies increase their rates if the dog is of a certain breed.
The debate regarding the dangers of pit bull-type dogs is sure to continue. As Connecticut dog bite lawyers we have seen dogs of all descriptions seriously injure their victims. While not every dog bites, when they do the injuries can be serious, even deadly.
If you or your child have been bitten or attacked by a dog please do not hesitate to contact the experienced attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren for your free consultation.
Connecticut Dog Bite and Leash Laws
Though local governments often choose to create their own leash ordinances there are certain laws and regulations that apply to all of Connecticut. In our state, a 14-day quarantine is required when a dog bites or mauls a person. In addition, it is up the discretion of the local animal control agent or the Department of Agriculture to decide if the dog must be restrained or killed. Please read on to learn more about Connecticut state law as it applies to dogs and their owners.
- Leash Law- The state of Connecticut does not require that dog owners have their dogs leashed at all times. However, the owner should prevent their dog from entering another person’s land, a public highway or sidewalk. In addition, dogs must be leashed in all state parks.
- Vicious Dogs- The owner of a dog who has been observed acting in an aggressive or vicious manner must keep the dog contained at all times. If he allows the dog to roam free and the dog physically injures a person the owner is subject to a fine of up to $1000, imprisonment for up to six months, or both. Animal control officers are responsible for enforcing all roaming and vicious dog laws.
- Quarantine- A dog that bites a person off of its owner’s property must be quarantined for 14 days at the local pound, veterinary hospital or any property that has been approved by the Department of Agriculture’s commissioner. A quarantine is used to ensure that the dog or other biting pet does not have rabies and to examine the animals behavior and demeanor. Fees associated with quarantine are the responsibility of the owner.
- Liability- In Connecticut a dogs’ owner or keeper is strictly liable for any damage caused by his dog to a person’s body or property. The only exception is when the injured person was trespassing, teasing, abusing or tormenting the dog.
- Reporting and Killing- It is the responsibility of the victim of a dog attack or bite to report the incident to state, town or regional animal control officer. Anyone who is bitten by a dog or who shows visible evidence of being attacked may kill the dog during the attack if it happens off the animal owners premises. The law also prohibits anyone from owning or harboring a dog which is a nuisance due to a vicious disposition, excessive barking or any other disturbance.
The dog bite and personal injury attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren want to arm you with the information you need as it relates to dog and pet attacks. Though we have covered some basic information on the laws that apply to the entire state be sure to check your local ordinances and laws. If you have been bitten by a dog you need answers and you need them now. Contact your experienced Connecticut dog bite and attack attorney today for your absolutely free consultation.
Connecticut Humane Society
The Connecticut Humane Society has pledged to, “promote humanity and kindness, and to prevent cruelty to man and animals.” This mission, established in 1881, still guides the private charity in all that they do.
The CT Humane Society operates three adoption facilities throughout the state: Newington, Waterford and Westport. Online pictures and animal profiles are available, along with pets that are available at the CHS’s sanctuary. This home like setting is available to pets who have been in the traditional shelter setting for more than 90 days and are still looking for their “forever home”.
Below you will find more resources for both prospective pet owners and those are want to learn more about the best way to care for their dog or cat.
- Adopt– If you are looking to adopt a dog, cat, bird, rabbit horse, pig or even hamster this is the page for you. Here you can view animal pictures and profiles. Information for each animal includes breed, age and color.
- Volunteer– The CT Humane Society is always looking for help at their various shelters. Their volunteer program is an great way to become involved in your local community.
- Pet Care– The Humane Society cares for hundreds of animals each year. Because of this, and their commitment to preventing animal abuse and cruelty, they offer dog training classes and an extensive pet care library. Information in the library includes training tips, medical advice and much more.
As dog bite lawyers we are acutely aware that prevention is key to stopping dog bite and attacks in Connecticut. Too often, though not always, the dog who attacked a person or other animal had been neglected, abused or at the very least let unattended for long periods of time. We hope that the above information will help you learn more about the Connecticut Humane Society and their role in preventing animal neglect and cruelty.
Dog Bite Wounds | Treatment
Dog bites can progress quickly from a small cut or puncture wound to a serious infection. On top of this, mental trauma and stress is common after a dog attack. This is especially pronounced in children. Please read on to learn more about what to do after a dog bite or attack.
Almost any bite should be looked at by your physician. While some of the bites can heal without any further damage or illness infection is a serious concern.
Please see a doctor if:
- The bite is on your hand, foot or head.
- The bite is deep or gaping, regardless of the location of the bite.
- There is a puncture wound. This small mark on the skin can hide a deep wound that is susceptible to infection.
- You have diabetes, liver or lung disease, cancer, AIDS or another condition that has weakened your immune system.
- You have any sign of infection. Signs of infection include redness around the wound, swelling, warmth, tenderness, puss coming from the wound or a fever.
- The bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes of pressure.
- You think you have a broken bone, nerve damage or any high level s of pain.
- Your last tetanus shot was more than five years ago.
- The dog does not have current immunizations or you do not know if its shots are current.
Treatment of Dog Bites
When you see the doctor there are several things she may do to treat your wounds. Of course treatment of dog bites depends on the severity of the attack. Some treatment options include:
- An examination that will check for nerve damage, tendon damage or bone injury.
- Checking for any signs of infection. This may be repeated at a later date.
- Stitches to close a wound. However, wounds from dog bites are often left open to heal in order to lower the risk of infection.
- An antibiotic ointment and/or oral antibiotic may be given to prevent infection.
- If you or your child has not had a tetanus shot in the last five years a booster shot may be given.
- If the dogs immunization status is unknown or it is know that the animal has not had its rabies shot you may be treated to prevent contracting rabies.
- Depending on the seriousness of the wounds hospital care and reconstructive surgery may be needed.
- If tendons and muscles were injured physical therapy may be necessary.
Depending on the severity of the bite long term treatment may include reconstructive surgery, physical and mental rehabilitation and ongoing medical care. If you have been attacked you may be worried about lost wages and your finances as you miss work. Is there any recourse to be taken after a dog bite? The answer is yes. It doesn’t matter if the dog has never attacked before. In Connecticut a dog’s owner or “keeper” is responsible for injuries and damages the animal causes.
After a dog bite, no matter how minor, please be seen by your doctor. Infection in dog bites is very common and if the dog has not had its rabies shots you will may need immediate treatment to protect against this serious disease.
When you are sure that your medical needs have been met please contact one of our experienced attorneys. We have been fighting for the rights of injury victims for over 30 years, and are passionate about protecting the injured. With locations across the state we serve all of Connecticut (CT) to include: Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, Norwalk and Danbury.
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Animal Control Officers
Have you been bitten by an aggressive dog? Was your child attacked by an animal? An animal control officer in Connecticut must be willing and able to respond to these needs and a wide variety of distress calls. Not only do officers work to capture loose or aggressive dogs, they must also investigate signs of abuse and neglect and help handle cases of animal bites and attacks.
An animal control officer needs to have some experience in handling dogs and other animals. Common sources of this experience include working with a veterinarian, working in a kennel and volunteering at an animal shelter. Along with this experience many states and regions now require that their officers have a degree in criminal justice. This can be exceedingly useful as many cases lead to criminal charges.
The duties of an animal control officer in Connecticut include:
- Investigation of property damage, injury and nuisance caused by dogs
- Enforcement of laws pertaining to dog control and licensing
- Licensing and inspection of pet facilities (kennels, breeding facilities and pet shops)
- Rabies control
- Investigating and making arrests in association with complaints of animal cruelty
In Connecticut, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Control Division also maintains a large animal rehabilitation center that holds and rehabilitates animals that are part of current animal cruelty cases. In addition, the division and their officers participate in efforts to educate the public in matters of Connecticut dog law and animal behavior.
Currently, the need for animal control officers varies from region to region. Though the job is extremely important, cuts in funding have generally lead to a decrease in the demand for officers.
The dog bite and animal attack lawyers at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren would like to thank all of Connecticut’s animal control officers for their work in protecting the safety of the state’s animals and general public. If you or your child have been bitten or attacked by a dog please contact your local animal control division and seek medical attention. Know also that as a dog bite victim you have rights. Contact an experienced attorney today to learn more about your rights and how you may be able to receive compensation for losses associated with the attack.
National Animal Control Association
The National Animal Control Association (NACA) is an organization dedicated to educating animal control officers of Connecticut and across the nation. Their mission is to “define and promote professionalism in the animal protection care and humane law enforcement field by providing quality services, education, training and support.
In order to carry out their mission the NACA organizes trainings for officers and maintains an extensive website. Though the site is intended for animal control officers there is a lot of information that is useful to the general public. Below you will find some of the more informative portions of the site along with contact information for those who are interested in learning more about becoming an animal control officer.
- Training– Training revolves not only around the care and treatment of animals, but also the frequent interactions officers have with the public. In fact, animal control officers make four times the public contact of other law enforcement officers. The NACA training academy is based on four key goals:
- o Improved Service
- o Enhanced Image
- o Reduced Liability
- o Increased Efficiency
- Current News– The NACA puts out a bi-monthly magazine that addresses issues that control officers often face. Upcoming themes include Dying to be Humane, Preparing for Disasters and Pawsitive Outcome, Saving Lives.
- FAQ’s: Among other topics, the FAQ section covers costs of training and the NACA’s role in finding employment for potential animal control officers.
- Job Listings: Though the NACA does not offer job placement services, they do maintain a page dedicated to the listing of job opportunities from across the country. Current job listings include animal control officer, veterinarian and animal services manager.
- Contact Information: Contact the NACA directly if you have questions that were not answered on the site.
The dog bite and attack attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the information in this article is helpful to our clients and to anyone interested in the profession of animal control officer.