In several Arizona counties, animal bite reports have significantly increased with one county recording more than 100 incidents. Though the increase can be partially attributed to an increase in both population and pet ownership, some believe the problem lies in the environment that an animal inhabits. According to some of the available statistics, bites have been inflicted by more than just those dogs that are usually considered a dangerous breed.
Recently, a report was released on the states with the highest numbers of dog bites and the associated treatment and insurance costs. Though many of the injuries inflicted could be attributed to animals described as a dangerous breed, in reality, any dog is capable of inflicting serious wounds. In the listings, Arizona came in at 15 for bites and insurance payouts.
The annual Dog Bite Prevention Week is geared toward reducing animal attacks and the danger that pets pose to children. Recently, State Farm Insurance released figures for 2018 that show an overall decrease in incidents but a rise in costs of claims. Though many states, such as Arizona, have enacted breed-specific laws aimed at protecting residents from a potentially dangerous breed, State Farm does not have breed restrictions in its policies, as any dog can attack.
Far too often, there are reports of "man's best friend" inflicting serious injuries, especially when that best friend is a breed that has a reputation as being dangerous. When these types of dogs attack, victims can suffer permanent disfigurement along with emotional scars. Though several Arizona communities have enacted laws that restrict ownership of potentially dangerous breeds, these frightening attacks occur far too frequently.
Those who work with animals are aware of the hazards they face when dealing with a difficult or frightened creature. This is likely even more true for animal control officers who are called to deal with possibly dangerous dogs that can inflict serious injuries and scarring. One such Arizona worker recently discussed his horrifying experience.
In life, there are many things that can pose a threat to the well-being of children and adults. While many of these cannot be eliminated, there are some that could possibly be reduced through laws and due diligence. Sadly, in spite of some breed ban laws in many areas, the threat of harm posed by one potentially dangerous breed continues to endanger the lives of many Arizona residents.
There are few inter-species relationships that are as close as the one between people and their dogs. Studies show that pet ownership provides many health benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, not every pet is a devoted companion, and there have been countless reports of Arizona residents suffering permanent disfigurement due to an unprovoked attack.