Who pays for losses related to Massachusetts dog bites?

About 4.5 million U.S. residents are bitten by dogs every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported nearly 20 percent of dog bite victims require medical treatment. Reconstructive surgery was needed for 27,000 victims of dog attacks in 2012. Massachusetts law states an animal owner or keeper is liable for the damages caused by a dog bite. A dog owner is not accountable for attacks on trespassers or individuals who tease or abuse a dog, provided the bite recipient is 7 or older. Damages following a dog bite may include pain and suffering, lost wages and short- or Continue Reading

Dog bites may be more likely from animals tied up outside

Dog bites are often attributed to a higher genetic level of aggressiveness in certain breeds, but even normally friendly dogs may be more likely to bite in certain circumstances. Dogs can bite for many reasons, including out of fear, because they are sick or injured or to protect their owners from a perceived threat. Dog bites may be more common during the summer months, however, because more dogs are chained up outside for longer periods of time. Current Massachusetts law prohibits a dog from being tied up outside for longer than 24 hours. However, some animal activists believe even this Continue Reading

Massachusetts man injured trying to save pet in dog attack

An 83-year-old man was injured at a Massachusetts beach on June 25 while trying to rescue his dog after it was attacked by a pit bull. According to witnesses, the incident happened in the late afternoon, early evening hours at Wollaston Beach. The 83-year-old man was apparently sitting on a wall with his collie-mix dog when a pit bull broke free from its owner, who was on rollerblades and unable to control the animal. The witness stated that she saw the pit bull lunge at the other dog. The 10-year-old collie-mix was killed in the attack. The man was apparently Continue Reading

Animal officer receives calls for four dog bites each week

According to a new report, a Massachusetts animal control officer has said that he now answers an average 13 calls due to people improperly storing their trash and irresponsible pet owners. He reports that an average of four of the calls a week include dog bites to either humans or other dogs. Many dog bites often include serious injury. For example, an incident in late May resulted in a young girl receiving 25 stitches to her head. In this case, the owner voluntarily had the dog euthanized prior to the hearing to review the attack. The officer also reports that Continue Reading