dog bites

Once a storm passes, there is a good chance you might find some stray dogs roaming the streets. It can be tempting to try and take them in or even to just comfort them. Dogs are man’s best friend, loyal and faithful to us. Also they are really fun to pet and make great Instagram posts. It is still important to remember that dogs can still be dangerous. Especially if they are hungry or wounded. Some dogs will be very timid and welcoming if you approach them, while some will be hostile and territorial. Some might feel lost, having escaped through a new hole in the fence left by the hurricane. So it’s important to exercise caution when approaching a stray dog, even one that is wearing a collar.

Another issue that can arise from hurricanes are busy hospitals. Is there are injured people from the hurricane you might find yourself sitting painfully in line to see a doctor. Moreso if the hospital encountered any issues such as staff not being able to make it in due to flooding or damage. If a stray dog bites you, you are not going to want to have to wait to receive aid. If it is bad enough it might not be able to wait and needs to be tended to immediately. Did we mention the difficulty you might experience getting to the hospital? Overall it just wouldn’t be a very fun day.

On top of that it might take some effort to find the dog’s owner. If you are bitten by a dog that is roaming the streets, chances are you are not going to try and read it’s collar. You are going to try and get help with the wound. The dog could also be blocks away from it’s home, so you can’t find it’s owner by relative location and even if you could, it might be hard to prove that it was their dog that bit you. You will be left with a painful bite wound and a hard-to-win court case.

So if you see a stray dog, approach it very carefully. If you don’t feel safe approaching it, then stay away from it. Don’t take unnecessary chances and contact a professional to come get the dog instead. If you are bitten by a dog, contact Ward T. Berg to handle the legal aspects of dealing with the injury. Dog bites might not seem like they would be serious, but they can cause a lot of damage and tearing. So make sure the right person is held responsible for dealing with the cost of the injury.