As a parent, there’s no doubt you do everything in your power to keep your children safe. When taking into account that children are more at risk of being injured due to a dog bite or attack than adults, it is important to be aware of the dangers posed by dogs so that you can help prevent your child from being bitten.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that children between the ages of 5 and 9 experience the highest rate of dog bite injuries. While it is the responsibility of a dog owner to ensure that their dog does not harm others, here are some safety tips to teach your child in the event that he or she encounters an aggressive or unrestrained dog:
Another San Diego dog bite attack investigation is underway. Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a pit bull by a homeowner in the Valencia Park section of San Diego.
Police say the dog was shot Monday night in the 5800 block of Duluth Avenue. The pit bull allegedly attacked a man and his husky while they were outside. According to police, the dog attack prompted the man to into his house and get a gun. The man then attack the pit bull with the butt of the gun, but when the dog would not retreat – he opened fire, killing it.
San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a deadly dog mauling in Fallbrook. Officials believe eight large dogs attacked and killed a woman who was taking care of them.
The woman’s body was found in the 1300 block of Calle Tecolotlan around 5:15 p.m. When deputies arrived at the scene, they discovered eight Old English bulldogs running loose in the backyard near where the woman’s body was found. Officials say the woman had injuries that appeared to be consistent with dog bites.
A relative of the 30-year-old deceased woman found the body in the 1300-block of Calle Tecolotlan around 5:15 p.m. Sunday and called police, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
It’s no secret that mail carriers are the most vulnerable to dog attacks. In fact, mail carriers in San Diego are at the highest risk because, according to the U.S. Postal Service, the area ranks No. 2 on its list of Top 25 Worst Cities for Dog Attacks against U.S. Postal Workers.
When Do these Attacks Occur?
Most of the attacks occur when letter carriers deliver mail to a house with an outdoor dog. While they usually carry around a pepper spray to keep vicious dogs at bay, it is not always enough to prevent injuries. Their mail satchel can also be used to defend against dogs.
Postal Workers Have Rights
Postal workers can refuse to deliver mail to a house where the dogs are not secured properly – especially if the dog is large and aggressive. If and when an attack occurs, the victim can file a lawsuit against the dog owner.
On the heels of the tragic news of an 8-month-old infant killed in a San Diego dog attack early this summer, it should be noted that the San Diego area, in general, is now notorious for dog-related attacks. This is according to the U.S. Postal Service, which says San Diego ranks No. 2 on its list of Top 25 Worst Cities for Dog Attacks against U.S. Postal Workers.
This is the second time San Diego has claimed this dubious title.
Officials say there were 45 dog bites on postal workers countywide and 5,669 dog bites suffered by postal workers nationwide. San Diego maintained its number two spot for city suffering the most postal worker dog attacks with at least 68 suffered county-wide.