Michigan Pit Bull Attacks Show State Needs Tougher Controls on Dangerous Breeds

Four recent Michigan dog attacks suggest stronger controls are needed to protect dog bite victims.

Online PR News – 22-September-2010 – – Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend; however, several pit bulls in Michigan have proven to be man’s worst enemies. In just the past month, four vicious Michigan dog attacks occurred.

On September 1st, a pit bull in Westland, Michigan attacked a 4 day old baby lying on his grandfather’s lap. In the same city, on August 29th, two pit bulls attacked a pregnant 38 year old woman as she walked down the street. On August 24th, a 6 year old girl from Jackson County was mauled by three pit bulls while playing outside with a friend. On August 16th, a pit bull broke loose from its leash and jumped the fence to attack an 8 year old boy as he played in his own backyard.

“This recent series of pit bull attacks confirms that Michigan needs tougher restrictions on pit bulls and other highly aggressive breeds,” said Michigan dog bite attorney Mark Bernstein. “Here at the Sam Bernstein Law Firm, we have represented thousands of innocent dog attack victims, many of whom suffer lasting physical and emotional damage as a result of dangerous dogs and irresponsible dog owners.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 4.7 million people suffer from dog bites annually, resulting in an estimated 800,000 injuries that require medical attention.

Children are most at risk of dog bites. Dog bite injuries are the highest for children ages 5 to 9 years old. Adult males are more likely to be bitten than adult females. People with dogs in their homes are associated with a higher incidence of dog bites. The risk of dog bite injuries increases with the number of dogs in the home. When an adult has two or more dogs in the household, the adult is five times more likely to be bitten than adults living without dogs.

According to the CDC, education is the best defense against dog attacks. Before bringing a dog into your home, it is important to consult with a professional, such as a veterinarian or responsible breeder, to learn the type of dog breed that would best fit into your household. If a child appears frightened or apprehensive about dogs, wait before bringing a dog into your household. Spending time with a dog prior to purchasing or adopting is essential to ensure that you are making the right decision for your household.

Educating your children about dog safety is also crucial to ensuring their safety. The following are basic dog attack prevention procedures every child should know to decrease the risk of getting bitten:

Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
Do not run from a dog and scream.
Remain motionless (e.g., "be still like a tree") when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., "be still like a log").
Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
If bitten, immediately report the dog bite to an adult

Despite the best preventive measures, dog attacks do occur. If a dog bites you or your child, seek emergency medical attention immediately. Be sure to report the dog attack to your local animal control officer or police. Finally, protect your legal rights, by consulting an experienced Michigan dog bite lawyer.

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