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Pontiac woman injured in dog attack

It is the responsibility of every dog owner in Michigan to ensure that their dog is under control and that the public is not at risk from an attack. This certainly applies to all dog owners, but for the owners of those breeds that are considered especially dangerous, the potentially serious injuries or fatalities that can result from a vicious dog attack make it all the more important that these dangerous breeds are kept under control. Dog owners are responsible for injuries and damages caused by their dogs.

Like a car or power tool, large dogs are very unlikely to pose a risk to others if the owner takes the proper precautions. This includes training or possible special precautions such as a muzzle for a dog that may be aggressive. The most important precaution is simply restraining and maintaining control of the dog. Either in fenced in yard with a fence of sufficient height to ensure that the dog remains in the yard, or when taking the dog out, keeping it on a leash. The failure to restrain a dog can have catastrophic consequences, as was the case in a recent incident involving two pit bulls in Pontiac.

This weekend a Pontiac woman was in her own front yard with her small dog when two pit bulls attacked the woman and her pet. The woman first attempted to pick up her dog and run for safety but was not able to make it before she was on the ground. The two dogs then attacked and repeatedly bit the woman and her dog, causing serious injuries. Neighbors who heard the attack came to the woman's aide with sticks and shovels to fight off the two pit bulls. The woman was treated for bites to her hand. Her small dog was expected to survive.

Source: The Detroit News, "Pontiac woman, dog are injured in pit bull attack," Serena Maria Daniels, March 12, 2012

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