Don’t wait until you’re bit to spot warning signs of a dog’s aggression. According to the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, much of dog aggression existed before the Utah dog bite ever happened. Somehow, the dog grew up thinking that growling and biting his own family members is acceptable conduct. The dog’s owners may have not taken steps to curb this growing aggression before it developed into a dog bite. Experts tell us that dog aggression is serious and needs to be treated seriously. And it should be addressed at the first sign. Experts recommend that the dog be taken to a veterinarian for a complete medical workup, including blood work. Sometimes the reason for a dog’s aggression can be linked to a medical condition. There is treatment for this.
If a dog has become aggressive and there is no medical explanation for it, then dog owners need to look at modifying the dog’s behavior through training classes. It is in the dog’s owner’s best interest to reduce the risk of the dog biting others.
In Utah, dog owners are “strictly liable” when their dog bites another. When a dog injures, maims or seriously injures a person, the owner will be responsible for all the harm and losses that follow. There could be civil lawsuits as well as possible criminal sanctions if the owner lets a known aggressive dog come in contact with others.
When the dog bites, you will want to hire a Utah attorney who is experienced in handling dog bite cases. Dog bites can leave permanent and lasting injuries. They can be quite serious. You therefore want to make sure you are making the best possible claim if you or a loved one have been hurt in Utah by a dog bite.