Dogs might be man’s best friend, but that doesn’t always mean they are safe to be around. As such, it’s important to know what breeds of dogs may be considered dangerous and what you should do after a dog bites you or a loved one.
According to a 2019 study, the most reported bites were from pit bulls and mixed breed dogs. Further, larger dogs and dogs with heads that are wider than they are long tend to cause the most severe injuries. German shepherds, terriers, and rottweilers also ranked among the top dog breeds to be cautious about. That said, every dog is capable of biting and causing injuries.
What should I do if a dog bites me?
It can be scary to receive a dog bite, no matter your age. Be aware of the steps you should take so you can ensure your safety.
- Get medical help at once. No matter how small or large, it’s essential you seek medical attention after a dog bite. Dog bites can cause bleeding, infections, and other more serious conditions such as rabies if the dog in question has not received vaccinations.
- Exchange contact information. Get the dog’s owner’s name, address, phone number and record other relevant details about the dog and the bite. It’s important to have this information in case you choose to pursue legal action.
- File a report. You should report the incident with the police or animal control within 24 hours so they can conduct their own investigation and determine the dangerous nature of the dog in question. If you choose to pursue legal action, you have three years to file a case under New York law.
While dog bites may not sound like a daily cause for concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 4.5 million dog bites occur per year. Being aware of the kinds of dogs that cause the most harm and remembering the steps to take after a dog bite can help you stay safe and prepared.