You're out for a run when a dog bites you. It happens quickly. The owner doesn't have the dog on a leash and it snaps onto your leg as you jog by.
In recent years, stories about animals attacking humans have become increasingly devastating. Those individuals that have been lucky enough to survive their attacks have been left with debilitating injuries including severed limbs, lingering nerve damage, pain and flesh-eating infections. Most of these types of attacks are preventable.
A dog bite is painful in the moment. It's frightening if you think the animal may continue to attack after the initial bite. Odds are that you had no idea that the attack was about to happen until it did.
When an animal bites you, it doesn't just hurt, but it can also be deadly. Many creatures carry diseases, bacteria and venom that can actually cause you to become severely ill and die. Both domestic and exotic pets can cause you harm.
Californians love spending time outdoors in the summer.
You know that dog bites are a risk, but you don't think they're very common. You're not worried about being bitten.
Many Californians enjoy the company of man's best friend, but dogs can become a person's worst nightmare on rare occasions. Dogs and other animals are instinctual by nature and can be aggressive when they are threatened or feel the reflex to chase someone. The Golden State regulates the care of dogs, especially when they are seen as potentially dangerous, to protect ordinary citizens.
Many Visalia residents head out for a run early in the morning as a way to get their day started. Others simply gather up the family and go for a walk later in the day so everyone can get fresh air and wind down for the evening. If you do one of these activities, then it's likely that you've had a dog run up to you before. You may have been concerned that it might attack. Had you been able to read their body language, you may have better understood their intentions.
If a dog charges you, snarling and threatening to bite, your instinct is probably to run. Your fight or flight response kicks in, and most people try to put as much distance as they can between themselves and the threat.
You love dogs. Your kids love dogs.
California has seen an uptick in dog bites throughout the state, as well as rising homeowner insurance premiums due to animal attacks. Dogs going against people is a rare occurrence even in public where most attacks happen, but it is the worst of surprises when dogs invade a person's property before a bite occurs.
Both cats and dogs are responsible for biting incidents that put people in the hospital every year. But which one is worse?