If you own a dog, it is your responsibility to make sure it doesn’t
harm others. If your animal does injure an adult or child, you may be
held liable for the injuries your dog caused in a court of law. Below
are some helpful guidelines for dog owners to help prevent their animal
from attacking others and causing others dog bite injuries:
- Consider your dog selection carefully. Consult with a local veterinarian
to determine what dog’s behavior best suits you.
- Be sure to socialize your dog when it is young. This ensures the animal
will be at ease around groups of people as well as other animals.
- Make sure your dog is well-trained and will obey your commands.
- Keep your animal healthy. Make sure the dog is properly vaccinated against
diseases. Parasite control is vital in dictating how your animal feels
- Neuter your dog, as neutered dogs are less likely to bite.
- Be alert when your animal is around others, and watch for signs that your
dog may be feeling aggressive or threatened.
In Santa Cruz, there are many city parks, many of which are off-leash dog
parks, where dogs are allowed off their leashes during specific hours
or all the time. Since the Santa Cruz City Council approved several additional
off-leash dog parks in 2008, no problems, including dog bites or attacks,
have been reported at these parks. If you take your animal to these locations,
do your part as a responsible dog owner and help continue to keep these
parks safe for everyone.
If you have been injured by a dog bite attack, the experienced and knowledgeable
Santa Cruz dog bite attorneys at Van Der Walde & Associates can discuss your legal options with
you in a free consultation of your Santa Cruz dog bite case. Call (800)