You have a furry, four-legged member of the family named Fido. What you also have are Florida dog bite liabilities, simply because if a dog-any dog, for that matter-has teeth, it has the potential to bite, say animal control experts. However, some instances are more likely to result in an injury-so be forewarned and thus ready to avoid a problem before it starts.
Strays on the loose
One animal control professional says that oftentimes, these painful situations occur when stray animals break loose after being tied up in a yard. Often these pets are confined regularly for days or longer, and are thus isolated from normal interactions with other people. If so, experts say these dogs are three times more likely to bite than their counterparts that are socialized to mix with and accept people and other animals.
When a fight breaks out
Owners who witness their pets fighting with other animals understandably want to halt the conflict; in some cases, they rush right into the fray (acting with their heart more than their head). Of course, this tactic is very likely to end up badly for the human, if not the dog-as one woman named Krista found out. She saw her cocker spaniel, George, being attacked by a large dog owned by a neighbor a few doors down and immediately rushed to its aid; in the process, she was bitten on the hand and needed 10 stitches to close the gaping wound, and may have lasting nerve damage as well. In this case, experts say the neighbor’s dog simply redirected its aggression from its opponent to the person or object that is interceding. Now the aggression has been redirected yet again-this time, to the owner of the dog that attacked Krista’s pet. She’s suing for damages, having sustained extensive veterinary bills and thousands of dollars in medical fees for her own care.