Each state has different laws that apply when someone is bitten or attacked by someone else’s pet. In most cases, these bites or attacks are perpetrated by a dog. Alaska law requires that all bites be reported, but many times victims and the owners of the dog know each other or may even be family members. This makes handling a dog bite case difficult in some instances.
Dog bites may not seem like a serious problem, but they account for a large number of emergency room visits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 5 million dog bites in the United States every year, many of which children are victims. While some breeds bite more commonly than others, all dogs are capable of biting if they are frightened, cornered, hurt, or simply left unsupervised.
It is an owner’s responsibility to ensure that his or her pet is always under control. Therefore, a bite is never the victim’s “fault.” It is important to know if you are bitten by a dog, what to do in order to protect your rights.