Why don't dog owners read signs and follow rules?
I came across an article last week about an 80-pound dog that attacked a 6-year-old boy at a Long Island elementary school playground and chewed the boy's earlobe off. The dog owner was a Manhattan woman who brought her dog to the playground, despite the fact that a visible sign at the school noted that dogs were banned at the playground.
The next day, I came across another article about an unleashed dog that attacked another young child.
I have young sons, ages 2 and 4, and I often take a walk with them after dinner on a school path near our house. There are signs everywhere that read, "Dogs Must Be Leashed", but I see unleashed dogs walking on the path nearly every time.
When I see unleashed dogs, I immediately pick up my sons in case the dogs attack. A lot of times, they run towards us and thankfully, no unfortunate incidences have occurred.
Why don't owners put leashes on their dogs? When the owners walk by, they typically say-something like, "he is harmless" or "he won't bite". How do they know? Plus, my sons get scared when they see dogs running toward them.
Even if a dog has never been violent, but has never been around young kids, dog experts and trainers will tell you that it is not a good idea to let a dog run up to a child because we don't know what will happen next.
As a personal injury lawyer who represents victims in dog bite cases, I see dog attacks happen because the dog was unleashed. The injured victims often sustain serious injuries to their face, thighs or other parts of their bodies.
Owners have to be responsible and keep their dogs on a leash, especially in public places. It is important to take appropriate precautions. Otherwise, the owner can be held liable for the injuries the dog caused to another person or child.
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