In observance of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 15-21, there are some basic precautions people should keep in mind to avoid getting seriously injured by a dog bite and other various animal attacks. Practicing such precautions helps pedestrians and passersby stay safe throughout the year.
In New York, there have been multiple injuries to people from dog attacks. If there is a dog or animal that does not seem friendly or approachable, do not go near it, especially on unsafe property. One never knows what the animal’s ownership background may be. The dog may have been abused and extremely violent as a way to protect itself from unfamiliar people. When the situation and the animal are unknown, people should stay clear.
Dogs often react when they feel that they are being threatened or their owner is being harmed. A dog should never be put in a situation or in surroundings where it may feel unsafe. Even if a dog has a gentle demeanor and has never harmed anyone, it can react negatively and bite someone while trying to defend itself or its owner.
When getting a new pet, it is best not to take in stray animals, as you may not know their previous circumstances. Also, when possible, animals should be spayed or neutered. This can help ensure that their demeanor will be much less aggressive and territorial.
Pet ownership is an important responsibility. This should not be entered into lightly and if the dog is not going to be cared for properly, it should never be brought into a home.
During this important week and throughout the rest of the year, it is important to keep family members safe from harm. Animals can attack at any given moment, so it is best to follow proper precautions to avoid being hurt.
Source: Riverhead Patch, “Take Some Tips as National Dog Bite Prevention Week Approaches,” Ashley Wilbourn, 15 May 2011