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Don’t Give Kids a Puppy for Christmas

With the holidays fast approaching, many families look forward to exchanging gifts on Christmas morning. While giving children a cute little puppy as a gift may seem harmless, many pet care experts warn against it. Unlike other gifts that can be returned if it’s a bad fit, an animal is a living being and can’t simply be returned or exchanged.

Dog Attacks Threaten Sacramento Postal Workers

The newest national rankings by the U.S. Postal Service for the number of dog attacks against its employees was released recently, and Sacramento was listed as number 16. National Dog Bite Awareness Week is from June 12 until June 18, and this seemed like a good time to make local residents aware of the dangers faced by Sacramento postal workers when delivering mail.

Compensation After a Dog Bite Injury in Modesto

Are dog bites in Modesto and the rest of California common? California ranked number one in the number of injuries caused by dog bites in 2019 and 2018 as well as in previous years. According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were 3,496 claims filed in 2019, with an average payout of $44,760. Not all of the insurance claims were for dog bites. Some were from other types of injuries caused by dogs that include knocking down elderly persons, bicyclists and children.

Choosing a Dog for Your Family

When it comes to getting a family dog, it can be a confusing decision to make on what breed. After all, when it comes to purebred dogs, the American Kennel Club recognizes 192 separate breeds. Some people make the mistake of buying a puppy or adult dog that is their favorite breed, but this isn’t necessarily a good decision, especially when children are involved. Following are some suggestions and questions you should ask yourself that may help make that decision safer and happier for everyone involved when buying a family dog. 

Boy Dies in California Pit Bull Attack

A dog attack claimed the life of a boy, age 5, in the unincorporated community of Oro Grande, north of Victorville, in San Bernardino County recently. The child was inside his home on Portland Street with an adult member of the family when he was fatally attacked by a pit bull that was a family pet. The attack happened just before 3:00 in the afternoon, according to an officer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. An adult in the house phoned 911 to report the attack. The reporting person said they had stepped out of the room and that the dog continued to assault the child and would not let go. The injuries to the child were significant, and he was declared dead by paramedics at the scene. It is unknown why the dog attacked the child. San Bernardino animal control placed the dog in quarantine. The deadly incident is being investigated by police to determine what happened.

What You Need to Know After a Dog Bite

A dog bite can lead to significant trauma and can expose the person to a bacterial infection such as tetanus. The bite may cause serious injury that limits the person’s ability to work and requires significant medical treatment. Many bites are from dogs owned by neighbors, family members, and other people in the community. There are immediate things that need to be done, such as seeing a medical professional. However, there are other tasks that the injured party must tend to since the injury has both financial and physical harm attached to it. It is essential to know what your legal options are in order to collect the compensation you need in this frightening time. With more than 800,000 people bitten each year in the United States, this type of injury is not unusual. The following are some of the most common questions that arise after someone is injured by a dog.

Dog Bite Can Result in PTSD

Many scientific studies have shown that emotional issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder are common in children and adults following a dog bite attack. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that around 4.7 million people suffer bites from dogs each year. Of that number, 800,000 require medical treatment for their injuries. Statistically, it means that out of every 69 people, one will be attacked and bitten by a dog each year. A dog attack can result in serious injuries, and many people are left with scars or are disfigured as a result. Although the visible damage is readily apparent, the emotional harm may be long-lasting and incapacitating in some, which can continue for months or even years.

Do You Need Dog Bite Insurance?

Insurance against a dog bite is one of those things that Sacramento residents and other Northern Californians may not think about, however, perhaps they should. The Sacramento Bee reported that incidences of dog attacks doubled in the area since 2006 and resulted in either hospitalization or visits to the emergency room. California was named by MoneyWise as having the highest number of dog bites in the nation. During 2018, the average insurance claim cost $45,543, with the filing of 2,166 claims. The total payout was more than $98 million. In the following, we will examine insurance coverage for dog bites and fatalities caused by canines in California in 2019.

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