On June 7, 2013 the Arizona Daily Sun reported that two young girls were attacked by two dogs in a field on the 700 block of Bonito Street.[i] According to the article, the two girls were playing softball with their little league team and approached a woman who had two dogs off leash in the same field. The owner of the dog stated they were friendly but the dogs circled the girls, jumped on them, scratched them and one of the dogs bit a girl on the ankle. The owner of the dog grabbed her dogs and quickly left the scene in a SUV without giving her information to the victims.
Flagstaff’s Dog Bite / Attack Lawyers Explains Dog Safety Tips
Dog bites and attacks are not only a problem in Flagstaff but nationwide. According to the Center for Disease and Control there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites yearly and 885,000 of these dog bites require medical attention. Children and adult males are the most at risk of being bitten by dogs, with children between the age of 5 to 9 requiring the most medical attention for dog bites.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests these tips to prevent children from being bitten by dogs.[i] Parents should go over these tips and review them regularly with their children to prevent dog bites and attacks.To help prevent children from being bitten by dogs, teach the following basic safety tips and review them regularly:
- Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Do not run from a dog or 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 bite to an adult.
Why call Gonzales and Poirier? The attorneys at Gonzales and Poirier have vast experience in handling dog bite cases. Tony Gonzales is an experienced trial attorney handling injury cases. Tony knows how to get insurance companies and others to pay for your injuries. Call Gonzales & Poirier for a free consultation in their Flagstaff or Cottonwood office. If these locations will not meet your needs, our attorneys will travel to your home. Call us at (928) 774-5400 or Toll Free at (855) 774-5400 or visit our website for more information.
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