Approaching a strange animal with caution seems like good advice. When someone lets his or her aggressive dog run free in a Texas park, bite victims may not be able to avoid an injury. Whether leashed or running free, dodging an aggressive dog could cut down on injuries. Knowing the signs of aggression may help someone from getting hurt, although dog owner negligence may make avoiding dangers impossible.
Dogs and animal aggression
A barking, snarling, or growling dog is one best avoided. Hopefully, the pet wants to deter an unfamiliar human from coming closer. Fear may play a significant role in why the dog behaves a specific way, and the aggressive attitude may play into the canine’s plans to keep people at a distance.
Approaching an aggressive dog is ill-advised since no one knows how the animal may react. Some breeds could inflict horrible, if not fatal, injuries on adults, children and other animals. Not all dogs display aggressiveness, though. Some may bite without warning.
The dog owner’s responsibilities
A responsible owner could prevent dog bites and animal attacks by being responsible. Taking a dangerous dog to the beach, and letting it run free is irresponsible. So is leaving a potentially dangerous pet unleashed in a yard with a low fence.
When a dog has a previous biting history, the owner may need to be more cautious. Restricting the dog’s access to people and other pets may cut down on tragic consequences.
Anyone who does not take protective steps to keep his or her dog from hurting anyone may be liable. Homeowner policies could cover dog bite injuries, but many policies have breed exclusions and payout caps. So the dog’s owner may become personally financially responsible.
An attorney may review a dog bite case and advise his or her client about legal remedies. A lawyer could also represent a client in a lawsuit against a negligent pet owner.