Dog bite injuries in children: Who is most at risk?

Boston residents of any age may find themselves victims of dog bites or other animal attacks, but children can be especially vulnerable to being bitten because of their small size and because they may not know how to approach an unfamiliar dog. Dog bites often occur in the head and neck area as well as the arms and hands, leading to severe injuries that can require reconstructive surgery and rehabilitative therapy. A report released in 2010 by the Massachusetts Department of Health analyzed the data of all injuries to children and youth ages 0 to 19 and found that 2,152 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

Dog bites may be more common than most think

Dogs are considered man’s best friend, but that doesn’t mean the relationship between man and canine is always positive. Dog bites are a more common occurrence in Massachusetts than some people may think, and when a pet owner’s negligence results in another person’s injury, litigation may follow. While the media often portrays a few breeds as the most likely to bite, any dog, regardless of the age or breed of the animal, can bite. According to reports, 4.5 million people in the United States were bitten by dogs in 2013. Despite the common image, only 5,581 of those bitten included 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