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.
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day for family and friends, and giving thanks to all that you hold dear. But unfortunately, for one family in Philadelphia, Thanksgiving 2017 was a day when they lost one of their own because of a dog attack.
While the following story didn't happen here in Pennsylvania, it just sheds light -- yet again -- on the terrible reality that victims of dog attacks must face after another person's pet decides to go rogue. In this particular case, we look to New Jersey where a woman was simply trying to warn her neighbor's about some rat poison in the neighborhood. When she approached the neighbor's door and knocked, the neighbor opened the door slightly.
Today, we want to talk about a relatively minor dog bite incident that exemplifies some of the inappropriate thinking that many dog owners can succumb to. The incident did not occur here in Pennsylvania, but instead in Massachusetts. A contractor that owns a pit bull mix brought his dog to a job site. He did not have the dog on a leash and he thought that his dog would be okay at the job site.
About three months ago, we wrote a story about a 9-year-old that was attacked by a dog. In that story, we mentioned that even though it happened outside of Pittsburgh, the circumstances could have happened anywhere. And here we are, now reporting on a different 9-year-old that was attacked by a dog in Pittsburgh.