Q: Are some dog breeds more likely to bite or attack?
Some dog breeds are thought of as more likely to bite, but the truth is that any dog, regardless of the breed, may become aggressive in certain situations.
Some breeds, though, constitute more of the reported bites according to some studies, these include:
- Pit Bull terriers;
- Rottweilers; and
- German Shepherds.
For example, in one report prepared by Animal People, pit bull terriers were involved in the most attacks that did bodily harm between 1982 and January 2012, followed by Rottweilers, German Shepherds and wolf hybrids.
Breed-Specific Laws and General Dog Bite Laws in Georgia
In the state of Georgia, some cities/counties have either banned or restricted certain breeds. For instance, La Grange and Lawrenceville have put restrictions on Pit Bulls. In College Park, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers and Pit Bulls are declared to be potentially dangerous.
According to Georgia Code §51-2-7, "A person who owns or keeps a vicious or dangerous animal of any kind and who, by careless management or by allowing the animal to go at liberty, causes injury to another person who does provoke the injury by his own act may be liable in damages to the person so injured."
So while breed-specific laws have been passed in some parts of the state and despite some breeds having been involved in more reported bites than others, Georgia's dog bite law still holds the owner responsible.
Seeking Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer in Peachtree City
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 800,000 people are bitten by a dog every year in the United States. Approximately 16 persons die and around 386,000 require emergency medical treatment.
To learn about the legal options that could be available after a serious dog bite or attack, seek help from a personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jason Schultz in Peachtree City. Whether or not a dog breed is considered more likely to bite, damages from an attack may be recoverable through a claim: (404) 474-0804.