Toledo, Ohio (PRWEB) February 26, 2013
On Friday, The Toledo Blade reported a multiple-wound dog attack in North Toledo in which a dog owner, Maria Drake, was found in her backyard with her family’s pit bull attacking her. The woman was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center where she underwent surgery for her wounds.
This incident brings to light the danger that dogs pose to many in the Toledo area. In this particular case, it is thought that Drake’s pit bull turned on the mother, and the dog is currently in quarantine at the Lucas County Dog Warden to see if it is rabid. But, there are several things that others should know about dangerous dogs and how they should protect themselves.
According to DogsBite.org, 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency medical treatment for a dog bite injury. Of the dog bite attacks that involve large molosser breeds, 79-percent end in bodily harm, and 69-percent result in fatality.
A report released in 2010, conducted by The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, showed that dog bites resulting in hospitalization nearly doubled over the previous 15 years. These dog-bite related hospital stays occurred three times as often in urban areas.
DogsBite.org explained that most deadly dog attacks occur when a child is temporarily staying at the home of a relative or friend that owns a pit bull or rottweiler as a pet. The organization explains that some of the other dangerous situations include those with chained dogs, a pack of dogs, and vehicles with dogs inside.
To prevent a dog bite incident, it is important to remember some key points. First, as explained by DogsBite.org, never touch or pet a dog that has not seen you first. This increases the likelihood of a dog bite. Also, do not tease a dog, especially one that is chained. The chance of a chained dog bite is especially high when the dog is male and unaltered. It is also important to not startle a sleeping dog, bother a dog that is eating, or interrupt a dog that is caring for its puppies.
The Humane Society of the United States offers safety guidelines for when a dog attack is imminent. These guidelines include standing motionless and avoiding eye contact with the dog. If the dog remains interested and then attacks, the Humane Society recommends “feeding” the dog something similar to a jacket, purse, or any item that can put space between the dog and the individual. If none of these work, and the individual falls to the ground with the dog attacking; curl the body into a ball, using the hands to cover the ears. Screaming or flailing around may excite the dog even more, so it is important to remember to stay as still as possible.
The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC wants Toledoans to be aware of the dangers related to dog bites and attacks. The office has seen firsthand what a dog attack can do to someone, and would like to help prevent any future trauma to the citizens of the Toledo Metropolitan Area.