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800 dog bites reported to Detroit Animal Control in 2012

Many people often have debates about whether certain breeds of dogs are inherently dangerous. The truth is that while larger and stronger dogs may always be associated with a higher risk of danger, because they have the potential to cause more severe injuries, the true danger is that of irresponsible pet owners.

Pet owners of pit bulls and pet owners of golden retrievers have the same legal responsibility--to properly train, handle and control their animals and to keep others safe in the presence of their animals. That said, according to a report that was issued last month, last year 800 dog bites were reported to the Detroit Animal Control, and the majority of those involved pit bulls.

The term "pit bull" truly describes Staffordshire bull terriers and American bull terriers and mixes of these dogs. Pit bulls are reportedly the most popular breed of dog in the Detroit area, and currently almost 80 percent of the dogs held in the city's animal control are pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

According to a news report, about 15,000 dogs are taken by animal control from Detroit's streets each year. Detroit Animal Control is reportedly understaffed and finds it difficult to tend to the large number of dog bite cases and stray dog calls.

When pet owners fail to live up to their responsibilities by letting their dogs run free where they might attack a stranger, or poorly training dogs so that they bite someone in the home or yard of the dog owner, they can be held accountable. Dog bites--especially those from large breeds--can result in serious and even permanent injuries. Dog owners can be held responsible for the associated medical costs and damages.

Source: MLive.com, "Pit bulls fill 77 percent of Detroit Animal Control cages," Gus Burns, Feb. 4, 2013

  • To learn more about dog bite liability in the state of Michigan, please visit our personal injury law firm's Dangerous Dogs page.

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