Countless Ohio residents love dogs. But not all are the cute, fluffy and playful animals social media can make them out to be. Depending on their breed and level of training, some dogs can be dangerous and violent creatures.
Sadly, people who come into contact with a vicious dog could face severe medical consequences. Some of those can include fatal infections, significant nerve damage, permanent scarring and even psychological trauma.
According to the Canine Journal, almost 5 million Americans fall victim to dog bites every year. However, some dogs are known to be more dangerous than others. Often, that’s due to the breed’s size, muscular build and the force of their bite.
Bystanders may want to take precaution
People who come in contact with one of these breeds may want to remain cautious:
- Bull Terriers: Despite their size, these canines tend to be quite muscular. Before the Bull Terrier became the Target mascot, they were initially bred to be champion dogfighters. Typically, these dogs are often friendly, but parents of small children should keep a close eye when around one.
- Great Dane: These dogs can sometimes be as tall as humans. While Grate Danes are often sweet and friendly with kids, they can become aggressive if they feel threatened.
- Doberman Pinscher: Dobermans can make excellent guard dogs, but their protective traits can also be a liability. Depending on their height, high energy, irritability and level of training, they may last out in some cases.
- Pit Bull: Typically, these dogs can be very playful and affectionate. But even organizations like PETA have advocated for these breeds to be spayed or neutered. That’s because some believe these dogs can be extremely combative with inadequate training or upbringing.
Victims have options available
If someone gets attacked by one of these dogs, understanding their legal rights can be complicated. Luckily, there is assistance available for those who want to obtain fair compensation.