When you hear about an adult or child being attacked by a dog, your heart sinks for that person. The one person we tend not to think about is the owner of the dog. There have been 18 fatal dog attacks in the United States this year. Failure to restrain a dog can lead to you being sued for negligence. Dog owners in Huntsville must have their dog under effective restraints at all times. In a recent case in Georgia where a child was attacked by a neighbor’s dog, the jury awarded the child’s family $72 million.
According to the law, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure the dog is restrained, so if the dog gets loose than the owner is liability for the actions of the dog. Adults and children being attacked by dogs is an unnecessary event. As dog owners, ensure the restraint of your dog regardless how friendly and sweet you think they are. The number of dog attacks is in the hands of the owners. Please restrain your animals.