Elderly dog bite victims are often attacked either on their own property by a loose dog or as they walk in their neighborhoods. It is a common story to hear of a senior getting their mail, taking a walk, or working in their yard at the time of an unprovoked dog attack. Because they are older, dogs may feel less threatened by seniors, and because they may be more frail, a strong dog such as a pit bull can easily over power an older man or woman.
How can we prevent Indiana dog attacks involving the elderly?
• Make sure your dogs are secured by a leash, chain, or fence. Dog attacks involving the elderly often involve a loose, vicious dog. Even if your dog is not prone to aggressive behavior, make sure that your pet is safely secured in a fenced yard or by a leash at all times.
• Check in on your elderly neighbors. Too often the elderly have to wait for help during or after a dog attack. Be a concerned neighbor and check in on seniors regularly – but especially if you sense something might be wrong.
• Report strays and loose dogs. If you see a loose dangerous dog in your neighborhood, call the police. Even if you don’t feel threatened by the dog yourself, it could be a danger to seniors or children.