Spring is most assuredly on its way in Pennsylvania, which means that dog walkers are going to be back out in droves. Unfortunately, not every dog owner is courteous enough to keep their dogs on leashes -- and that can spell trouble for anyone who happens to encounter them.
If you ask any dog owner, they'll probably tell you that their dog seems to take an instant dislike to some people. Is that possible? Are some people more likely to get bitten by a dog than others?
Are you looking forward to visiting some of your favorite people this holiday season? Millions of Americans take time during the holidays to make the rounds with family members and friends they don't often see. That also means, however, you may be seeing a lot of strange dogs.
There's already one existing lawsuit against a Pennsylvania police dog. Soon, there could be others — including at least one by an officer in the Wilkes-Barre K9 unit.
There's no question that a large dog can do some serious damage with a bite -- even moderately-sized canines have enough force in their jaws to kill a human being. That causes a lot of people to treat medium and large dogs with a certain amount of properly due caution.
If you live in Pennsylvania, the state wants you to know about dangerous dogs living in your area.
According to the United States Postal Service (USPS), dog attacks against mail carriers in the Central Pennsylvania area have significantly declined since 2016. The USPS said that the number of attacks has dropped by 40 percent, and that in 2017 there were only 68 such attacks. The USPS said that they credit mace and mail satchels as part of the reason why dog attacks against their employees have dropped, in addition to the overall awareness of dog owners.
A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about pit bulls and why this breed of dog has such a bad reputation. In part, it is a portrayal in TV shows, movies, and the news that builds them up into this monstrous dog. Another part if the fact that they are, on a biological level, very powerful -- more so than most other dogs. And another part still is that, statistically speaking, they are involved in far more fatal dog bite incidents than any other breed. It isn't even close.
One of the stereotypes about dog bites is that "all of them happen because of pit bulls." This is, of course, an exaggeration -- but there is a kernel of truth to it. Pit bulls can be aggressive dogs, and they have very powerful bites. As such, when they are involved in a dog bite incident. the likelihood of serious injury is high.
A dog attack that happened outside of Pittsburgh (and the state of Pennsylvania) still shows the incredible risk that comes with owning a dog, and how owners have to train their pets well in order to prevent catastrophes like the one in our source article.