Why New Haven Dog Bites May Occur

April 30, 2019
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 4.5 million dog bites occur each year, which equates to 1 out of every 72 Americans that got bit by dogs in 2017. With the prevalence of dog bites it is important to understand why dogs might bite.

  1. Dogs bite as a reaction to a stressful situation.
  2. They may be scared or threatened.
  3. They’re not feeling well or if they’re startled.
  4. Dogs bite as a reaction to a stressful situation.
  5. To protect themselves, their puppies, or their owners.
  6. They may nip or bite during play (which is why rough play should be avoided to ensure you don’t overly excite your animal).

The State of Connecticut’s dog bite laws are strict liability which means the dog owner is responsible for the actions of their dog even if they are negligent. The exceptions to this statute are if the victim is a child, trespassing, or if the dog was being teased or taunted.

If you or a loved one were bit by a dog, contact our New Haven dog bite attorneys. Our team is experienced in protecting the rights of New Haven’s injured – we have been for nearly 60 years.