It is not uncommon to come across a lost or stray dog while on a walk in San Diego. For those who come across these dogs, they are usually unsure of how to handle the situation.
Encountering an unknown dog can have its risks. The dog could be kind and gentle or it could be aggressive and dangerous. An aggressive dog may very likely try to bite a person.
It is important that any person who encounters a stray dog know how to handle the situation in order to prevent a San Diego dog bite. It can be very difficult to be able to determine how a dog will react to a given situation.
To prevent an attack from a stray dog, the person encountering the dog should:
- Look for Aggression – Before deciding how the dog should be handled, the dog’s demeanor should be assessed. Any signs of aggression or fear should be noted. A very obvious sign of aggression is if the dog is barking. Other signs of aggression may include baring teeth, growling, or lifting tail.
- Back Away – If a dog is scared, it is important not to turn and run. The appropriate response is to slowly back away.
- Do Not Provoke – Never give a dog a reason to attack. A dog that is injured, frustrated, or feels threatened may bite to protect itself.
- Call Animal Control – Most people are not adequately prepared with the tools and knowledge of how to handle a stray dog. The safest way to a peaceful encounter is to contact animal control. They will be able to safely and promptly take care of the dog.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite in California, it is important that you take legal action in order to receive compensation. Contact the experienced San Diego dog bite lawyer Keith J. Stone to discuss your legal options. Call 888-59-HELP-NOW to schedule a free consultation.
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