According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites each year in the United States. While that number is certainly staggering, another equally concerning statistic reported by the ASPCA is that roughly half of all dog-bite victims that seek medical attention are actually children.
While dog bites are truly tragic no matter the victim, they are especially devastating when they involve children. After all, small children typically have little defense when fighting off a dog attack. With summer vacation quickly approaching for San Diego elementary students, parents need to be even more on guard when their children are playing outside, or playing anywhere near a dog for that matter.
A 4 year old boy who sustained severe dog bites has a lot to be thankful for, after a bystander's heroic act of bravery fended off the dog thereby preventing further injury to the boy. The remarkable part of the story is the brave bystander being a tabby cat. The cat, named Tara, was captured on security camera on May 13 when she pounced on a dog that attacked her 4-year-old owner Jeremy Triantafilo. The video, which has garnered 21 million views on YouTube, shows the dog biting and attempting to drag the boy. Within seconds, Tara leapt onto the dog, and in a flurry of hair and nails chased the canine away.
The mother of a 17-year-old student who was among 10 people killed in a highway crash on Interstate-5 earlier this month has filed suit against FedEx for the wrongful death of their child. The suit, filed on April 22nd in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses the FedEx driver of negligence and alleges that FedEx failed to properly maintain its vehicles in safe working condition.
Updates regarding the FedEx wrongful death crash on Interstate-5 raise questions regarding the maintenance and safety of FedEx's vehicles. Eyewitness reports indicate that the FedEx truck was on fire before it collided head-on with a bus that was en route to Humboldt State University for student orientation.
On April 10, 2014, several Southern California parents received horrific news. A terrible traffic accident caused the wrongful death of five high school students, three chaperones and 2 vehicle drivers after a FedEx truck collided head-on with a chartered bus.
A drunk driving accident has left one Santa Ana family devastated after their son was critically injured by a drunk driver. The ten year old boy was in the crosswalk at 17th Street and Cabrillo Park Drive when Suray Leon, the drunk driver of a Ford F-150, ran a red light and struck the child. The boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Suray Leon now faces charges for Felony DUI.
The threat of dog bites is a reality for San Diegans. We are blessed with great weather. A natural accompaniment to the warmer climate is many opportunities for outdoor activity. For dog owners this means taking the dog for a walk. According to San Diego County Animal Control, San Diego's 3.2 million residents share our County with more than 1 million pets and sheltered animals. Given the facts, it's worthwhile to take a moment to reflect on how dog bites occur, how to prevent them, and what to do if a dog does indeed bite.
A 7-year-old girl’s ordeal recently made international news after she was attacked by four dogs and suffered from about 100 bites. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and has been treated for the wounds during the initial surgery but doctors say she will need ongoing medical care and more surgeries in the years to come in order to continue to repair the damage.
After his large Akita dog viciously attacked a child in a local Murrieta Lowes earlier this year, Robert Kahn was arrested this month on charges of felony negligence. The young victim-who approached the dog to pet him after being invited by the dog's owner-needed an astonishing 50 stitches to close the gaping facial injury and wounds resulting from the dog bites. The story doesn't stop there; the Murrieta Lowes was well-known for allowing dog owners to let their dogs roam freely around the store, leash or no leash, and had no rules or regulations regarding dogs posted whatsoever.