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Dog attack leaves three people injured

Some pets can pose a danger to neighbors and others if they are not properly restrained. Dangerous pets can threaten the safety of anyone who comes in contact with the animal. When a dog attacks an innocent victim, the injuries can be serious and in some cases can leave the victims with long-lasting injuries.

Recently, in an afternoon attack, two dogs that were normally kept in a Texas family's fenced yard escaped. The dogs attacked three people in the neighborhood, all of whom are members of the same family. In an effort to stop the dogs from further attacking, one neighborhood resident was preparing to shoot the animals with a firearm while they awaited police. 

However, once police arrived on the scene, the dogs were no longer prowling around the neighborhood, but had somehow been returned to their fenced-in yard.

Two of the victims of the dog attack had to be transported to the hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Animal control was also contacted, along with the owner of the dogs. The dogs have since been taken away from the owner by city animal control.

This dog attack would never have happened if these dogs had not been able to escape from their backyard enclosure. In Michigan as in most states, if an animal escapes its enclosure and injures someone, the dog owner can be held liable for those injuries and the costs associated with them.

Dangerous animals must always be securely restrained as well as properly trained and socialized so they don't cause injury to others. Although it was not reported how the Texas dogs got loose, but the fact that they did -- and that two people had to be hospitalized and another was injured -- shows what tragedies can arise when dog owners are negligent.

Source: Times Record News, "Dog attack sends two to hospital," Nov. 19, 2011

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